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Gregg Williams, leader of the Saints’ bounty scandal, close to getting another NFL job

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Anyone who thought Gregg Williams' prominent role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal would make it tough for him to get another NFL job was very wrong. In fact, at least one team wants to hire him at just about the first possible moment.

The Tennessee Titans are on the verge of hiring Williams as their assistant head coach, ESPN.com reported. Williams will have to be reinstated before he can officially be hired, but Williams could be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell within a week, the report said.

That's a speedy return and shot at redemption for Williams, who will probably be exiled from the NFL not much longer than Saints head coach Sean Payton. Payton was suspended a year; Williams was suspended indefinitely.

[Related: NFL reinstates Saints head coach Sean Payton]

The scandal, in which bounties were placed on opposing players when Williams was defensive coordinator of the Saints, was one of the most heated in the NFL over the last few years. Williams, 54, will seemingly land on his feet with a pretty good position after spending a year away from the game. If Williams doesn't have any issues over the next season or two - and one would think he'll be on his best behavior - he'll probably get another chance to run a NFL defense. He'll always be associated with the scandal, but it doesn't seem like it will be a crippling blow to his career.

With Williams' reinstatement and new job, the league can continue to put the ugly bounty scandal in its past. Williams likely won't mind that either.

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