The NFL went public Monday with some of its evidence against the four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Among the things the league revealed: a prize of $35,000 for knocking Brett Favre out of the NFC championship game in January 2010.
The league also displayed a computer slide it obtained from the Saints, dating from before a playoff game against Seattle the following season, showing photos of three Seahawks with "Now it's time to do our job. Collect bounty $$$!. No apologies. Let's go hunting" printed on it.
The evidence included hand-written notes, documents from the Saints' computer system and witness testimony.
The initial complaint that sparked the investigation back in 2010 came from then-Minnesota coach Brad Childress, who heard of a bounty on Favre in the championship game from a player.
NFL lead counsel Jeff Pash showed reporters the material at the end of a day when the suspended players Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma each attended appeals hearings with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters in Manhattan. The players and their union objected to the process, saying it was unfair.
The league then showed reporters copies of documents and a video from its investigation the same presentation the NFL earlier made to the players.
LaDainian Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers on Monday and then announced his retirement.
"It wasn't because I didn't want to play anymore. It was simply time to move on," Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards, fifth all-time, and scored 162 touchdowns, third-most ever. His 145 rushing touchdowns are second-most in history. He also passed for seven touchdowns.
He played his first nine seasons with San Diego and the last two years with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson, who turns 33 on Saturday, said he knew at the end of last season that he'd probably retire.
Ex-49er Owens dies
R.C. Owens, a longtime 49ers front office man and eight-year NFL receiver whose impressive leaping ability earned him the nickname "Alley Oop" and helped popularize the phrase, has died. He was 78. The Niners, his team for the first of his five NFL seasons, announced Owens' death Monday. The team said he died Sunday and had been living in Manteca, about 75 miles east of San Francisco.