NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued with his no nonsense policy sense becoming the leagues top guy. Today he informed the San Francisco 49?ers that they were forfeiting their 5th round pick in next month’s draft. This after an investigation that he determined the Niners tampered with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
In a statement released by the NFL Goodell said the teams will also swap picks in round 3 of the 2008 draft. As a result of that Chicago will now pick seventh and San Francisco will pick twelfth. The statement also said that both teams were cooperative in the investigation.
It is being reported that the 49ers violated the NFL’s anti-tampering policy by contacting Briggs’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about his client during the 2007 season.
“The 49ers organization respects Commissioner Goodell’s ruling today, however we do disagree with it,” 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said in a statement. “This was not a malicious act; we believe that our intent was within the NFL guidelines. Going forward, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we are in compliance with the NFL’s interpretation.”
Briggs was scheduled to be one the prime free agents before re-signing with the Bears for 6 years and $36 million dollars.
“We are appreciative of the efforts of the league office on this matter and support the commissioner’s decision,” Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement.