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League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:42 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Over a year ago, Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made this comment: “[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.”

The problem? Cunningham’s comments were technically a form of tampering. So, the NFL docked the Lions a seventh-round draft choice in 2011 and also forced them to swap fifth-round picks with the Chiefs (moving Kansas City up 14 slots and Detroit down 14 slots).

On Thursday, the league decided that because of the labor situation, a seventh-round draft choice is more valuable than usual this year. So, it altered Detroit’s punishment to a sixth-round pick in 2012.

If you’re up for reading really far into this, it’s interesting that the NFL would take this view about the labor issues and value of late-round draft choices. The reason a seventh-round pick is extra valuable is because if the lockout is still going on after the draft, teams won’t be able to sign rookie free agents. In altering the Lions’ tampering punishment, the league is essentially indicating that it’s a very real possibility the lockout will still be going on after April 30. We already knew that, but the confirmation is still noteworthy.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:08 am
 

League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

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League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:04 pm
 

League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

Conditional wouldn't be a bad way to go then.  I also saw on NFL.com this morning that apparently the arrangement was actually at the request of the Lions organization... so however it worked out, it wasn't done without their input, which is nice.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:18 am
 

League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

I've heard it stated that the the pick the Lions give up next year is a conditional 6th round pick; if the Lions make the playoffs it's a 6th, if not its a 7th. This keeps it in the same range as the pick they would have lost this year (early 7th, from the Broncos).



Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:15 am
 

League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

I agree heitert3. Dock me the 7th round pick this year vs. the 6th round pick next year. The draft is about the future. Anyone who would consider a 7th round pick this year being worth more than a 6th round pick next year is approaching the draft from a short term stance.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:58 pm
 

League gives Lions 7th-round pick back (sort of)

Do the Lions get a say in the matter, since it's supposedly a 'reduced' punishment?  Because if it were my team, I'd rather deal with the 7th round loss now (lockout and labor issues notwithstanding) than give up a higher-round pick next year.


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