Romanowski: Carter trying 'to make himself relevant'

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Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski shrugged off claims by ESPN analyst Cris Carter that he was among defensive players Carter put "bounties" on during his playing days.
"If he put a bounty on me, it wasn't very good because it didn't work," Romanowski told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday. "I just feel like this is his way to make something up and try to make himself relevant for what is going on in the NFL right now."
Carter told ESPN Radio on Tuesday that if he heard a defensive player was out to get him he would "put a little change on his head before the game."
Carter said he specifically recalled a game in Denver in 2001 when he was leaving the huddle before the Vikings' first offensive snap. He was heading out to the left side of the formation and Romanowski was at right outside linebacker and yelled across the line of scrimmage that he was going to "end" Carter's career. For the record, the last time Carter faced the Broncos in Denver was a 23-20 Vikings victory in 1999, and Romanowski did play in the game.
"Romo says, 'Well the bounty didn't work.' Well yes, it absolutely did work because I got through the game healthy," Carter told the "Colin Cowherd Show" on Wednesday, adding that he never suffered a concussion during his NFL career. "Here I am 46 years old and I didn't have a concussion. Here I am 46 years old and I don't have memory loss.
"So for me, the bounty did work. That was money well spent."
Carter said he would typically go to Vikings guards Randall McDaniel and Todd Steussie and ask them to look out for the Vikings' star players such as quarterback Daunte Culpepper and wide receiver Randy Moss, and the intent wasn't to get opponents injury.
"Any time a guy is talking about affecting your career, your ability to make money, no, there's no exaggeration with that," Carter said when asked if there was a possibility he was exaggerating what Romanowski said during that game. "From a football fraternity, there are certain things you know that are out of bounds. You know there are certain things you cannot say. You know you cannot target a guy's head. You know you cannot target his knees. If you do that, it's on. No holds barred.
"There's no need to backpedal, I remember exactly what happened. I'm leaving the huddle and he yells across at me. I said, 'No problem, thanks for the warning.'"
The whole focus on bounties is troublesome to Romanowski, who said the most he was ever paid for a play was $500. It was by former 49ers teammate Ronnie Lott to sack the quarterback - but only to make the play, not to injure an opponent.
"I've never been around it," Romanowski told Patrick regarding bounties. "I think it's more of an internal motivation within a room that a group of guys have. ... Because at the end of the day, when you're getting millions of dollars, what's a thousand bucks?
Romanowski takes serious issue with the punishment handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Saints players allegedly involved in "Bountygate," especially the one-year suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
"I think it is absolutely wrong and unjust, I really do," said Romanowski, who started the company Nutrition53 after he retired.
Romanowski admitted he has some concerns about his long-term health following a 16-year NFL career, but has opted not to join a lawsuit by more than 1,600 former players against the league.
"I've been asked," he said. "This is a tough, tough subject. Am I worried ... that I will have dementia and Alzheimer's at some time? That thought comes across my mind. Am I concerned? Yes."

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