John Fox
John Fox (Denver Post file photo)

In light of the New Orleans Saints and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' "bounty" violations, the NFL has encouraged every team to review the severity of the issue with its coaches.

Broncos' coach John Fox will meet with his staff Tuesday morning to discuss the subject.

"We were never part of anything like that," Fox said Monday. "There's no place in the game for intentionally hurting another player."

The league, which has been hit with several lawsuits from former players in recent years, is cracking down on violations of player safety. The league has found Williams and many Saints players violated the league's bounty rule during the 2009 playoffs, when $1,500 was awarded for a "knockout" and $1,000 for a "cart-off."

If there were any "bounty" programs going on with the Broncos in recent years, two of the team's hardest hitters with 18 Pro Bowls between them said they were unaware.

"Not only the Broncos, but I can say in my 15 years as a player, none of the teams I played for ever offered me pay for hurting another player," said John Lynch, who played for Tampa Bay from 1993-2003, the Broncos from 2004-07 and briefly for New England in 2008. "It really irked me that one of Gregg Williams' former players said this kind of stuff goes on everywhere around the league. I can tell you that's the farthest thing from the truth.

"Now in position meetings, were there incentive programs where a guy got $10 for an interception or a sack or a big hit — which is different from a bounty of trying to hurt someone? Yes, that went on. But that's different from saying you want to hurt someone."

After Ken Houston, who played in 12 Pro Bowls, Lynch is one of two NFL safeties to have earned nine all-star appearances. The other is Brian Dawkins, who played 13 seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles before spending the past three with the Broncos.

"I've been in two spots obviously, and there was no bounty ball going on," Dawkins said. "That wasn't the type of coach Jim was — the late, great Jim Johnson — and we didn't have that with any of the D-coordinators we had here."