Williams said to have used 'Bounty' system while with Bills

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM EDT

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Williams said to have used 'Bounty' system while with Bills

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Former Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills, Gregg Williams is at the center of a multi-year investigation by the NFL that alleges the current St. Louis Rams coordinator used an incentive system for players who landed big hits on opposing athletes.

The two-year investigation revealed that Williams, while defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, used a 'bounty' system that rewarded players for big plays, like interceptions, sacks, and even knocking opposition players out of the game.

Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Coy Wire says Williams used the same type of system when in Buffalo.

Wire appeared on CNN Sunday, and was asked if he was played in a system in Buffalo that rewarded big hits that injured players on the other team.

"That would be a unique experience that I had with that, and I realized that afterwards when I had other coaches that it wasn't the norm and that's not how things are in the NFL," said Wire.

Former offensive lineman for the Bills Reuben Brown also told Eyewitness News that such a 'bounty' system was in use.

Williams admitted guilt in a statement released Friday, apologizing to New Orleans and the NFL, saying in part:

"I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry.....I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."

Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon said in a statement released to the Buffalo News, "We are unaware of any type of 'bounty' program occurring during Gregg Williams' tenure as our head coach, and we would not have tolerated that type of behavior."

Williams will be heading to New York to meet with NFL officials on Monday regarding the bounty scandal.