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Document shows New Orleans Saints targeted Seahawks | NFL

League officials went public with some of their evidence against the four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program — and there is a Seahawks connection. League officials displayed a computer slide obtained from the Saints, dating from before a January 2011 playoff game against the Seahawks and showing three photos of Seattle players with "Now it's time to do our job. Collect bounty $$$!. No apologies. Let's go hunting" printed on it.

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NEW YORK — League officials went public Monday with some of their evidence against the four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program — and there is a Seahawks connection.

League officials displayed a computer slide obtained from the Saints, dating from before a January 2011 playoff game against the Seahawks and showing three photos of Seattle players with "Now it's time to do our job. Collect bounty $$$!. No apologies. Let's go hunting" printed on it.

The photos are of ex-Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Seahawks receiver Mike Williams and running back Marshawn Lynch. The host Seahawks won the game 41-36.

The league also revealed the Saints had a prize of $35,000 for knocking then-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game in January 2010.

Evidence included handwritten notes, documents from the Saints' computer system and witness testimony.

NFL lead counsel Jeff Pash showed media the material at the end of a day when the suspended players — Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma — each attended appeals hearings with commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters. The players and their union objected to the process, saying it was unfair.

Vilma, who has been suspended for the 2012 season, left his session after about an hour Monday morning. When that hearing was adjourned until early afternoon, Vilma and attorney Peter Ginsberg vowed he would not return. He didn't.

Ginsberg called the hearing "a sham" and said Goodell failed to present the evidence on which he based his decision to impose Vilma's penalty.

"Roger Goodell has taken three months to tear down what I built over eight years," Vilma said.

Falcons sign Folk

Erik Folk, the No. 1 kicker for the Washington Huskies the past three years, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Folk, who made all 124 of his extra-point attempts for the Huskies, reportedly will compete with Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant.

Notes

• The Seahawks signed offensive lineman Edawn Coughman, who was released by the CFL Toronto Argonauts last month. According to Canadian media reports, Coughman was let go after he was charged in Montreal with possessing a loaded and restricted firearm without a permit.

To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, the Seahawks released tight end John Nalbone.

R.C. Owens, a wide receiver and longtime San Francisco 49ers front-office employee, died Sunday. He was 77.

Owens' leaping ability earned him the nickname "Alley Oop."

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