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Scott Fujita retires a Saint by signing one-day contract in Machu Picchu (Picture)

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Former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita announced his retirement on Monday in a very unique manner. He did it while sitting on top of a mountain.

The 33-year-old spent four seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl with them in 2010. Despite the fact that he played for four teams throughout his 12-year career, Fujita felt the strongest connection with the Saints. Having most recently played with the Cleveland Browns, Fujita decided to sign a one-day contract with New Orleans on Monday to retire with the Saints. He did so at the top of a peak in Machu Picchu.

“What better place to reach the end of the road than here at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Peruvian Andes overlooking Machu Picchu with my dear friend Steve Gleason?” Fujita said, via Eye on Football. “I’ve been fortunate to play in this league for a long time and for some great organizations, but there is no doubt that my times spent in New Orleans were some of the best years of my life. The way the team and the community embraced us when we first arrived, and the way they continue to do so, even today, shows how deep this connection is. I’m honored to be a part of this organization and so proud to retire as a New Orleans Saint.”

Fujita was one of several Saints players suspended for the alleged bounty scandal that rocked the organization, but that apparently did not damage the pride he has in the team. He certainly wins the award for most creative retirement announcement.

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Four Saints players suspended over bounties, Jonathan Vilma for entire year

The commissioner has spoken, once again. As expected, his voice was heard clearly across the NFL world. The NFL announced on Wednesday morning that four current and former Saints players have been suspended for their roles in the Saints bounty system. Jonathan Vilma has been banned for the entire 2012 season while defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was given an eight-game suspension, defensive end Will Smith a four-game suspension, and linebacker Scott Fujita a three-game ban.

Fujita is now with the Browns and Hargrove is with the Packers. While many believe Gregg Williams should shoulder most — if not all — of the blame for running a bounty system, Goodell and company clearly do not agree. Vilma and Sean Payton will both miss all of 2012, and the NFL has suspended current and former Saints players, coaches, and officials a total of 61 regular-season games since the offseason began.

Vilma, who currently has a picture of the Sports Illustrated bounty scandal cover as his Twitter avatar, was believed to be far more than just a participant in the program. He once reportedly placed $10,000 on a locker room table and told his teammates it would go to anyone who could knock Brett Favre out of a 2010 playoff game. As we saw from Favre’s ankle injury a couple of seasons ago, the cash may have inspired his teammates.

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Scott Fujita: Other Than Colt McCoy, Josh Cribbs, and Phil Dawson, Browns Stink

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita sent a tweet after his team’s 30-12 loss in Houston Sunday that complimented some teammates but criticized the rest.

“Colt McCoy is tough as nails, Josh Cribbs is an all-around baller, and Phil Dawson is money in the bank,” Fujita wrote. “Other than that, damn.”

While it’s nice that Fujita recognizes the efforts of a few teammates, it’s the “other than that, damn” part that stands out.

Cleveland is 3-5 and has lost four of its last five games. They have one of the league’s least productive offenses, and they surrendered 261 rushing yards to the Texans Sunday.

Fujita’s right — outside of Cribbs, the team doesn’t have many playmakers. Dawson is money in the bank, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has played well, and so has Joe Haden. Beyond that, the team is not very good. But maybe that’s not something Scott Fujita should be saying. He’s a guy who held an intervention with Peyton Hillis over the running back’s poor attitude. For someone who’s supposed to be a veteran leader, it’s probably not advisable to say something that will alienate most of your team.