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Niners forfeit fifth-round draft pick after tampering with Bears' Briggs

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by RaiderRay, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers...Go Padres, Gulls, Ducks, Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005

  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    COmpared to that, Bellichek really got the book thrown at him
  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Maybe they were just using tweezers when they tampered.
  4. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006

    Herm Edwards Doesn't Come Out and Say It, but He Thinks the Bucs and Rams Cheat


    It seems that Herm Edwards is forever finding himself in the middle of nefarious schemes, and he's usually portrayed as the victim. Earlier this month, I mentioned that Edwards knew of Bill Belichick's predilection for cheating and even waved at the camera-wielding Matthew Estrella for shiggles.

    And in light of recent news that the NFL has punished the 49ers for tampering, Edwards also had some thoughts on the matter as it related to his team. The Kansas City head coach didn't come out and say that the Buccaneers and Rams were a bunch of cheaters, but if you read between the lines, it looks something like this: C|H|E|A|T|E|R|S|.

    Specifically, the Chiefs were "as aggressive as NFL rules allow" when pursuing center Jeff Faine and kicker Josh Brown this off-season only to see them eventually sign in Tampa Bay and St. Louis.
    "There were probably some deals done before (the start of the league year)," Edwards said when asked why the Chiefs didn't get in the game with either player. "We didn't cheat. We abided by the rules. That's how you're supposed to do it, and that's what we did."

    "You'd have to ask Tampa," Edwards said when asked whether the Bucs were in early on Faine. "I don't know what Tampa did." Asked what happened with Brown and the Rams, he said, "I have no idea."
    On the one hand, Edwards has a right to wonder how both deals were done so quickly. (Faine signed in the hours after free agency began; Brown visited and signed before the Chiefs could schedule a visit.) On the other hand, if the Chiefs had just drafted Nick Folk (pick No. 178) or Mason Crosby (No. 193) instead of Justin Medlock (No. 160), Brown wouldn't even be an issue. To be fair, though, Medlock was the best of the bunch in college so it's not like Kansas City just drew a name out of a hat.

    Whatever, Edwards makes a good point and apparently, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is serious about this whole tampering business. We'll see if the punishment levied against the 49ers deters other teams in the future. Somehow I think it'll take more than a lost fifth-round pick to mitigate the problem, although San Francisco might wonder why they were even targeted at all.

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