Lions guilty of tampering with Chiefs, forfeit pick

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 1:58 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The NFL has ruled that the Lions have been found guilty of tampering with the Chiefs and will have to forfeit a draft pick.

The violation of the league's Anti-Tampering Policy will cost the Lions their seventh-round draft pick this April that they acquired from the Broncos. The Lions also will have to swap fifth-round picks with the Chiefs. As it stands, the Chiefs will have the ninth pick in the fifth round and the Lions will have the 23rd.

The Lions commented publicly to the media about their desire to acquire players then under contract with the Chiefs. Detroit also had "impermissable contact" with a player or agent under contract with Kansas City.

The Chiefs had filed the tampering charges.

Although Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said last February that he would like to acquire some former Chiefs players, he did not name the players specifically. Cunningham previously served as Kansas City's defensive coordinator and, prior to that, its head coach.

More likely, it involved some kind of improper contact between the Lions and former Chiefs S Jarrad Page, a player the Lions reportedly were interested in. Page wanted out of Kansas City, but he eventually was traded to the Patriots.