In the wake of the bounty scandal surrounding the New Orleans Saints, at least one former player is claiming bounties are nothing new.
Former wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Chris Carter told ESPN Radio Tuesday that he placed bounties on opponents during his playing days.
"It's the first time I've ever admitted it," said Carter. "But I put a bounty on guys before. I put bounties on guys. And the guys tried to take me out, a guy tried to take a cheap shot on me, I put a bounty on him, right now."
Carter's admission comes with question marks. He says he put bounties on opposing defensive players like Bill Romanowski, players who were capable of cheap shots on him. But he also says the bounties -- paid to teammates who could take out a player like Romanowski -- were not meant to injure players or take them out of the game.
"I saw guys getting wiped out, guys going for the money," Carter said.
Carter played for the Eagles, Vikings, and Dolphins during his 16-year career.
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