With teams returning to the field, the offseason's dominant narrative -- the "bounty" scandal surrounding the New Orleans Saints -- slowly fades into the background for many.
Saints owner Tom Benson has remained quiet during his organization's dramatic offseason, but spent part of Tuesday huddled with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the team confirmed.
When NFL.com and NFL Network's Steve Wyche reached out to the NFL for comment, a league spokesman chose not to confirm the meeting, stating Goodell meets with owners frequently on a variety of issues. Following the release of the Saints' statement, the NFL declined to describe what was discussed between Benson and Goodell, according to Wyche.
Goodell told me at the Hall of Fame Game that "the facts are clear. There was a bounty system in place. They've admitted it -- even in court -- that they were paying players when they were carted off the field. That's not what football's all about."
It's not hard to imagine what Goodell and Benson chatted about behind closed doors.