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Gregg Williams Suspended: How Saints' Bounty Program Affects The 49ers

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down his punishment on the New Orleans Saints and their staff Wednesday for their three-year bounty program, suspending both Gregg Williams and head coach Sean Payton from the league for at least one year, while slapping the team with hefty fines. How does this affect the 49ers? Make the jump to find out.

Williams, who was suspended from the league indefinitely, has been part of some of the best defenses in football for quite some time, and recently became the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. But now the Rams are left out in the wind with Williams out, which is always music to a divisional rival's ears.

The Saints also lost second round picks in both 2012 and 2013, which bumps up San Francisco this year (they were one spot behind Saints) and possibly a spot in next year's draft class as well.

San Francisco faces off against the Saints on the road next season, so the loss of Sean Payton will have an affect on them as well, who lose the offensive guru and signal caller for the 2010 Super Bowl champs.

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