You think this is light punishment?
They don't draft until the third this year.
Their coach and play caller has been banned from the league this year and hit with what is basically an 8 million dollar fine.
Their GM is going to miss the first half of the season, which is a massive hinderance when you think of everything a GM does in that time span. Trades, free agent acquisitions, contract extensions, all of that stuff can't be done. I'm sure you can think of some good examples of moves the Panthers have made once the season started.
There is one player on that team that matters, one who was pissed off about being on the franchise tag and who was five million dollars a year away from signing a contract extension. Now he's not only going to play without a long term contract, he's going to play without the guy calling the plays.
Greg Williams has been banned from the league.
And this is before the player suspensions. Vilma is likely done. Porter, Harper, and Smith are looking at suspensions.
The Saints have been fuged.
And they deserve everything they get. This reminds of countless people who violate the rules in any endeavor and cry "woe is me" when they ignore the warnings to stop and finally have to get slapped before they get a clue. It isn't like this was a one time thing and who knows if it would have stopped if Williams had stayed. I suspect it would not. Even then the organization totally underestimates the seriousness of the offenses until they actually hear them spelled out.
There is no reason to feel sorry for the team or the organization. I can understand feeling sympathetic with the fans who have shelled out big bucks to purchase season tickets and who have followed the team for years. But the organization?? Not one bit.