The Kansas City Chiefs filed a tampering charge against the Detroit Lions and the league has ruled in the Chiefs’ favor.
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora put out some quick details on twitter, including the penalty:
Lions found guilty of tampering with Chiefs. Detroit forfeits 7th-round pick (acquired from Denver) in 2011. KC and DET swap 5th-rnd picks.
The charges were filed after Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made comments about his interest in players that were under contract with the Chiefs. Cunningham is very familiar with a number of Chiefs players from his time as the Kansas City defensive coordinator. With the possibility of the Chiefs cutting ties with a couple players Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press that he would be interested in bring in some of those guys without getting into specific names.
The Lions have until February 28 to appeal the ruling although the team has yet to officially comment. It sounds like a good bet that an appeal will be coming considering this tweet from Tom Kowalski:
Lions fuming … NFL finds them guilty of tampering … Lions lose a 7th and swap with KC in 5th round (Lions pick 23, KC has 9) .. Ouch
ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert thinks the ruling is no big deal considering the league takes tampering very seriously:
I’m not going to get too worked up about losing a seventh-round pick and 14 spots in the fifth round. (The seventh-rounder, by the way, was part of the 2010 trade that brought cornerback Alphonso Smith to the Lions.) The NFL takes tampering quite seriously, and assuming this is the only punishment after more than six months of investigation, the Lions should feel fortunate.
You can check out reactions from the Chiefs side by clicking the thumbnail below: