If this proves true, it will be interesting to see how Goodell would rule. Since the activity precedes his rise to bring law and order to the NFL, it could be considered something that is grandfathered in. However, since it involves an action that was both against league, state and federal law at the time he could go for the knock-out punch of the GM and the organization being habitual violators of policy. Wonder if anything else is ready to get leaked on the Saints organization?
Also, geez wtf! How much cheating can one team do? From what I can tell a lot of the ESPN talking heads are saying he could be facing a lifetime ban. I'm biased so I can't really comment but I'm curious to see what Goodell does.
Suspensions annonuced: Scott Fujita (now playing for the Browns), 3 games without pay. Will Smith, 4 games without pay. Anthony Hargrove (now with the Packers), 8 games without pay. Jonathan Vilma, entire 2012 season without pay.
Appeals are expected. (I guess so - that's brutal!)
He's still going to get good money from somebody, but he better be careful with what system he ends up picking. Once the guy hits a rough patch it seems almost impossible for him to shake it and it just seems to get worse.