NEW ORLEANS – Saints coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL for his role in New Orleans bounty system. And hes not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
General manager Mickey Loomis, assistant coach Joe Vitt and the Saints organization each decided to appeal on Friday.
Payton will also ask Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension, which runs through next years Super Bowl, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league and the Saints did not announce Paytons plan to appeal.
Saints spokesman Greg Benselm did confirm that Loomis was appealing his eight-game suspension and, separately, the team would challenge its $500,000 fine and loss of second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.
Vitt, suspended for six games, is doing the same. His representative, David Cornwell, confirmed the decision in an email to the AP.
Goodell last week announced the suspension of Payton, starting Sunday, for his role in connection with New Orleans bounty system, which offered improper cash bonuses for big hits that either knocked opponents out of games or left them needing help off of the field.
Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams, ran the bounty program and has been suspended indefinitely.
The commissioner has said since the unprecedented penalties were announced that the Saints coach would likely be allowed to continue working as his appeal was resolved. However, he added that the challenge would be expedited, indicating that Payton would not likely be able to add on much work time should his appeal be upheld.
The results of the appeal could affect whether Bill Parcells comes out of retirement to take over as interim coach while his former offensive assistant and protégé is suspended.
Parcells has said he would consider coaching the Saints if asked. At a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla., on Friday, Parcells declined to answer questions about the possibility.
The NFL has said as many as 27 players also could be sanctionedfor their role in the scandal, but it is not yet clear when that might happen, creating additional uncertainty for New Orleans and others who have signed former Saints defenders.
Jets’ Revis calls Pats’ Belichick a ‘jerk’
New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis called New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick a jerk during an appearance on ESPN.
Revis was playing a word association game on SportsCenter with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski when the Jets star was asked to say what he thinks when he hears Belichicks name.
Jerk, Revis said, before explaining, Just some of the comments he says about the Jets.
Around the league
Philadelphia Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to miss the season. Peters injured his leg while training. Linebacker Manny Lawson agreed to a new contract with Cincinnati. New England re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch and signed free agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen. Miami linebacker Koa Misi was arrested on a warrant from California on charges stemming from a bar fight several months ago.
Carolina traded running back Mike Goodson to Oakland for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. Giants running back Andre Brown was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.