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Former New York Giants LB Barrett Green Suing Tennessee Titans Coach Gregg Williams

July 9th, 2013 at 12:34 PM
By Douglas Rush

Former New York Giants outside linebacker Barrett Green is suing current Tennessee Titans assistant head coach Gregg Williams and former Washington Redskins tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury he suffered back in 2004.

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According to suit, which was posted by Tulane law professor Gabe Feldman, Green is suing both Williams, who was then defensive coordinator of the Redskins, and Royal because of the team's bounty program that it had back in 2004. 

"Barrett Green is suing the Redskins,Gregg Williams & Robert Royal for knee injury he suffered as a result of Redskins bounty program in 2004," he tweeted.

Green signed with the Giants back in March of 2004 to a five-year, $13.25 million deal, but he had a hard enough time finding the field, as he missed six games in 2004 and only played in one game in 2005. The knee-injury Green is referring to was from a game between the Giants and Redskins on December 4 back in the 2004 season in which Williams coached Royal to dive head-first into Green's knees.

Williams was suspended for the entire 2012 season when he was the then-defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and ran a bounty program while there, which lead to his suspension, along with head coach Sean Payton's for the entire 2012 season as well, among many other Saints defensive players, who took money in exchange for injuring players during games.

Williams left the New Orleans Saints in 2011 to take the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator position under Jeff Fisher, but the NFL suspended him indefinitely and Williams never got the chance to coach with Fisher. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Williams after just one year of his suspension from the league, which lead to Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak hiring Williams as an assistant head coach and defensive assistant to the team.

Up until now, the only proven bounty program Williams had was when he coached in New Orleans, but former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy did make claims that the Redskins were a direct result of a Peyton Manning neck injury in 2006 when Williams was still the defensive coordinator in Washington.

Feldman also mentioned that Green will "need to connect a lot of dots" in order for his case to have any shot of sticking in court.


Tags: Barrett Green, Football, Gregg Williams, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Washington, Washington Redskins

25 Responses to “Former New York Giants LB Barrett Green Suing Tennessee Titans Coach Gregg Williams”

  1.  jfunk says:

    It’s tough to remember accurately how “banged up” a player was as far back as Strahan’s early years. That kind of information was also a lot harder to come by in those days.

    That being said, if missing games is what you want to focus on, through the first four years of their careers both Strahan and Nicks played exactly 55/64.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Barret Green? Lol.


    fanfor55years says:
    July 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I wonder if all of the folks who seemingly undervalue Hakeem Nicks are the same who for years insisted Eli Manning was mediocre? Perhaps it is the “Giants’ Fan Syndrome” of finding it impossible to believe as a skeptical New Yorker that one of your players could actually be great?

    I dont think anyone here is undervaluing Nicks. We’re simply saying as good as he is, there are alot better WR’s in the NFL. Nicks is certainly in the top 10 when healthy. No questions asked. But There are better WR’s in the league then him.

  3.  Kevros says:

    I hope Green wins. Greg Williams is a scumbag…

    Back to Nicks, I can’t get enough of this:

    2 things to add:

    If Nicks was 3 or 4 inches taller nobody would be saying anything about FF55′s proclamation of Nicks being a top 3 WR.

    Nicks is probably THE BEST in the NFL at breaking tackles and getting YAC.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      actually Percy Harvin lead WR’s in broken tackles with 19 and he played 8 games.

      Thing is about Nicks, he’s not 3-4 inches taller, he is what he is.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I’ve seen Nicks make vertical plays that quite frankly nobody else in the league could make. If any of you have tape of the 2011 Green Bay and Super bowl, take a look at some of the catches he makes and how far his feet are off the ground. The dude is a freaking monster. He is faster than you think and most definitely stronger. When he’s healthy Nicks is a YAC machine.

        All that said; let’s just hope he stays healthy, because with both Nicks and Cruz the Giant offense is no joke.

  4.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    July 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM
    Even though this deal is more money than I think was worth given the situation paying an extra mil at most is not much to keep a player the team clearly wanted to keep. Especially, if the cap goes up as expected.

    I’m still concerned about keeping Nicks. What we paid Cruz isn’t too much that we can’t keep Nicks too. Nicks might not “need” to be a Giant like Cruz so negotiations will be interesting. But with the franchise tag I think Nicks is here at least until 2014.

    fanfor55years says:
    July 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM
    You mean THROUGH 2014. And that’s precisely why it’s quite likely a deal will get done.

    Mid-way through this season Nicks and his agent should be offered a fat contract extension. At the time he will know that the Giants would still have him without a long-term contract for 1 1/2 years (the remainder of this season and then either a franchise tag or a first-round tender). That’s a lot of injury risk when you’re likely to be offered close to $10MM per annum and about $25-30MM in guarantees, which is where Reese should plan on going.

    I think this will work its way out, just as I assumed the Cruz negotiations would end happily. Nicks is too valuable to lose.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Yeah I did mean through 2014. I think even if Nicks is injured (not serious) it makes sense to franchise him. I know fans get frustrated but a #1 WR with Nicks talent at only 26 you just don’t let go away without a chronic injury.

      The issue with Nicks contract wise to me is how much he really wants to be here. So his willingness to except a “fair” offer is less than Cruz. It will be interesting because he will get a fair offer.

      As a side note I think this means Myers is almost surely here only one year. paying a TE 4 mil with 2 WRs making big money in 2014 doesn’t seem likely. Especially with the strides Robinson is making it seems like he will surely be ready to start by 2014.

      I agree with BBG on approximately where Nicks is ranked. I do have Nicks ahead of Marshall. And several WRs it’s close. I do think in general Andre Johnson has been criminally underrated during his career. The guy is a HOFer he seeks no attention.

  5.  F0XLIN says:


    F0XLIN says:
    July 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM
    Nicks when healthy is a top receiver in the league hands down. A true difference maker. Hall of famer, maybe not given his health. Whether they extend him or not remains to be seen and Randle is really the X factor coupled with Nicks health. If comes into his own and shows consistency, beating double teams, from what we saw vs the Eagles there isn’t a need to overpay Nicks.

    What becomes very interesting is if Nicks stays healthy and Randle shows number one potential. It all depends what type of $ Nicks wants but if that were the case JR will not over pay.

    But hey, it’s a win win this year if that scenario plays out, because to me that would mean a championship with some decent D


    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      When healthy Nicks is certainly a top 10 WR’s in this league and a difference maker on the field. No doubt about it.

      HOF’er? That’s pushing it.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Winning makes a difference. It’s why Michael Irving is a HOF. Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison were helped a lot by winning. They are not certain but on the border. Nicks is so early in his career it’s hard to tell. He could become a guy that plays 15-16 games a year. Steve Smith had injury issues early in his career but got over them.

    •  jfunk says:

      I disagree. So what if Randle looks like a legit X this year? He’ll still have two more years on his rookie deal.

      Eli doesn’t have many years left, why in the world wouldn’t you want two legit studs lining up outside with Cruz in the slot for at least two of Eli’s last 4-6 years?

      I seriously doubt the $10MM/yr in cap space could be spent in another fashion that would increase our chances of winning a Championship more than fielding a legitimately uncoverable trio along side our HOF QB. If one of them gets hurt, we can STILL field a WR unit similar to 2011′s.

      Let Perry run his turnover or bust scheme with mediocre talent. Tell Eli he scores 30 a game or we lose. I’ll take those odds rather than let this hypothetical trio go so we can sign a stud LB and CB.

      I agree that Randle looking great would make it easier to consider letting Hakeem go if his demands are completely unreasonable, but Randle looking good in itself is no reason not to pay market value to keep this unit together if even only for a couple seasons.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think we will keep Nicks long term for the reason you say. But what I could see along those lines is that being even more of a reason to franchise Nicks for 2014. Then sign Randle long term because he’s proved he can be a #1 WR. We would need to add several young WRs for 2014 and they need to develop into being capable 3rd-4th WR types. Murphy is only here for one year. Jerigan now with Cruz signed long term really has a reduced value for us going forward. I still think Jernigan can be an effective slot WR but now it clearly won’t be with us. Jernigan could be in roster trouble if he can’t be our PR and/or KR.

      •  Levito says:

        No such thing as an unstoppable trio of receivers. Randy Moss + Stallworth + Welker receiving catches from Tom Brady seemed pretty unstoppable…how’d that work out for them?

        •  jfunk says:

          Huh? You’re really going to use the 2007 Patriots as an example of what not to do? That team was one play away from running the table.

          Regardless, for one thing, if Randle looks like a legitimate Nicks replacement by the end of this year, than our trio will be better than that one.

          Second, the Giants didn’t stop that offense by covering the receivers, they stopped it by knocking the swagger out of Tom Brady.

          Third, I didn’t say unstoppable, I said uncoverable. And I said we’d lose every time we don’t score 30, but I’d still take my chances with that team over the team that lets Nicks walk and uses his cap money elsewhere. We’ve got 5-6 years of Eli left and have the personnel lined up to field an elite offense for most of it if we play our cards right. It’s time to run with that and damn the torpedoes.

  6.  Krow says:

    Let me try to re-phrase the Hakeem Nicks argument.

    I’m not saying we won’t sign him because he’s injury prone, or no good, or the 10th best WR, or a follower of Satan … it’s none of those things.

    We won’t sign him … because come hell or high water some team will offer him a contract similar to what Mike Wallace just got.

    5 years … $60,000,000 … $30,000,000 in the first 2 years of it.

    If you think the Giants are signing Nicks then that’s the sort of deal it will take. So when you say we’re not letting him go then you’re saying we’re going to pony up that kind of cash.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Average NFL Spending for WR this year per team is $11.7mil

      •  Krow says:

        Yes, definitely … I’m not saying it’s high. Just that we need to understand what we’re discussing. It’s a big ticket. And many teams let WRs walk over this number.

  7.  Levito says:

    Apparently stating that Nicks is possibly a top 5 but not a top 3 WR means he’s being disrespected. And you aren’t seeing him for who he is unless you put on your fan goggles and proclaim him the best WR in the league not named Calvin Johnson.

  8.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Again, to me Nicks is VERY good and a lock as a top 10 NFL receiver RIGHT NOW…and I think if he stays healthy (which he is and has taken the right precautions) he can jump into the upper echelon of top 5 in the league. Those guys get paid TOP DOLLAR. I think he is worth it – be it top 5, top 10…hurt…whatever – pay the man.

    Anointing him into Canton this early into his career is going a step too far in my book though.

    •  Krow says:

      Yep, I think everyone knows how good he is. But remember … we’re talking $12,000,000-ish a year. We might get it down some if we agree to tear up this year. But even then it’s going to be $10,000,000 per.

      If we want the guy this is what it will take.

      •  jfunk says:

        If Jerry can get him for $10MM/per he should do it.

        And we just might have the leverage to make it happen. If the Giants make it clear that they’re willing to go $10MM, then that leaves no question that they’d be willing to tag him for $10.5MM.

        Then the question to Hakeem becomes, do your really want to risk all that money (the other $50MM that would be on the table) by playing on a one year deal?

        •  Krow says:

          There’s a shot at keeping him. I’m saying it’s impossible. We have a tangible amount of leverage and good will. But that’s only worth so much.

          Right now Reese could put a ‘$10 mil per year’ package on the table … and maybe get a deal done. Could happen.

          But that’s still a large number. And I don’t think we’re in the right financial situation to do it. That’s assuming Reese feels he’s worth the risk. $10 mil … that’s 2 solid starters in free agency. Maybe he goes there. It’s a complicated balancing act. All about money. There’s no denying Nicks is a hell of a player.

  9.  Krow says:

    As for franchising a player … it’s a very aggressive move. Not a very friendly one either. If we want a sullen angry Hakeem Nicks for one extra year then this is the way to go. But if we want him long term then it isn’t.

    •  Levito says:

      If history says anything, it’s unlikely they franchise him. The Giants have only done that 2 times ever.

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