There's really no other details out quite yet, but this has been a popular topic around the league for years. Some players have hinted that such programs exist, but because of safety concerns, the NFL obviously treats it pretty seriously.
What do you think should be the punishment here? Does this warrant draft pick forfeiture?
Part of me thinks that since they were targeting Brett Favre, it shouldn't even be punishable at all. Anything to get him out of the league sooner would have been fine with me. If anything, they should be punished for NOT getting him to retire sooner.
By the way... just to clear something up: The 2009 Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints were part of this investigation. So their championship occurred in the same season in which they were found to have been doing something illegal.
That having been said, anyone who says their championship should be stripped is delusional and ignorant, both in epic proportions.
This isn't cheating. The Saints were merely offering a reward/incentive program for players who got after the opposing QB... which is their job in the first place.
Don't call it cheating, because it's not. It's just dangerous to particular players, and those players are the ones whom the NFL has deemed necessary for their league to be as effective and popular as possible.
This isn't something that changed the outcome of games, it's just something that the NFL frowns upon for safety reasons. Don't get it twisted.
One last thing to keep in mind. Gregg Williams is now the DC for the Rams. He might still get fined or suspended, even though he's not with the Saints anymore.