Brian Baldinger has been suspended for six months by the NFL Network after saying in a radio interview that the Philadelphia Eagles should put a bounty on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The NFL Network confirmed to Pro Football Talk that Baldinger’s suspension would be unpaid.
“This is the guy that that we’ve got to hurt,” Baldinger said last week on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. “This is the guy that we’ve got to take out of the game. There’s got to be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott.”
Baldinger played 11 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman when bounties on players weren’t uncommon. However, the NFL has tried to eliminate that part of its game in recent years. Any individual collecting a paycheck from the league or one of its partners can expect to face severe consequences if they mention the possibility of introducing a bounty.