Lions Found Guilty Of Tampering With Chiefs; Lose 7th Round Draft Pick

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Lions Guilty Of Tampering With Chiefs, Lose A Draft Pick

In early December of 2010, the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly filed a tampering charge against the Detroit Lions. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Chiefs have won that charge. The Lions will be stripped of a seventh round draft pick and swap fifth round picks with the Chiefs.

The definition of tampering in the NFL is "any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissably induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL." 

It wasn't exactly clear from where the charges originally stemmed but it was believed to start with the following comments from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham:

"(Kansas City) keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys."

It's also believed that there was some sort of contact between the Lions and a Chiefs player under contract, believed to be S Jarrad Page (before he was traded to the Patriots).

Both teams have until February 28 to appeal.


Lions Charged With Tampering By Chiefs, According To Report

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports the Kansas City Chiefs have accused the Detroit Lions of tampering, filing charges with the NFL. Tampering occurs when one NFL team tries to take another team's employee without following proper protocol. It's not clear which Chiefs employee the Lions are being accused of having tampered with, though Marvez references speculation that it could involve Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham. 

Cunningham was the Chiefs DC from 2004 to 2008, and earlier this year made what sounds like an offhand remark that he'd like to set up a pipeline ferrying Chiefs defensive talent to Detroit:

I would like to be there to catch a lot of them, because I know a couple of those guys.

The Lions would probably like to obtain defensive players from just about any team in the league, so the statement didn't cause that much of a stir at the time. Tom Kowalski of talked with a league spokesman on Cunningham's comment, reporting the comment "hadn't even registered on a league level" because it didn't mention any players by name.

Former Chiefs safety DaJuan Morgan, how with the Indianapolis Colts, was one rumored trade piece between the two teams who was around for Cunningham's time in Kansas City. The Chiefs apparently approached the Lions in that deal, with Cunningham's team rejecting the offer. The only current Lion who played for Cunningham in Kansas City is DE Turk McBride, who was claimed off waivers fair and square.

 If this tampering charge does involve Cunningham, then either the Chiefs think Cunningham crossed a line at some other point or are convinced some other Lions employee broke a rule.

Or Todd Haley just thinks everybody is out to get him, which can't possibly be the case.

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