Gregg Williams has been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and is joining the Tennessee Titans as their assistant head coach/defense effective immediately, the club announced.
Williams was suspended for all of the 2012 season for his role in the Bounty Gate system while serving as defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints.
Williams spent 11 seasons in the Titans organization from 1990-2000 and was the team’s defensive coordinator for four season, including Tennessee’s Super Bowl team in 1999.
“I have known Gregg for over two decades and have seen him work his way up from a quality control coach to a head coach,” said Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak. “He will bring a great deal of defensive knowledge and energy to our staff. The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process.”
The league issued a statement regarding Williams’ reinstatement:
“Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams’ contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated. The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams’ forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance.”
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