Posted by Josh Katzowitz
During the lockout, there were plenty of whispers that teams were contacting their players, even though the NFL’s rules strictly prohibited that kind of behavior. Kenny Britt admitted to talking to his receiver coach, and Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, as recounted by CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco, called seven players during the work stoppage.
Now, the commissioner is apparently ready to dole out the punishments.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that three teams, including the Titans and Tampa Bay, have been fined a six-figure penalty for illegally contacting players during the lockout. The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, though, writes that an NFL official told him the Titans have not been fined for illegal contact.
The fines wouldn't be a surprise. CBS’s Charlie Casserly said on The NFL Today on Sept. 11 that fines would be levied. Which Prisco believes is silly. “Do you really think the Bucs were the only team? Think again,” he wrote. “It's like speeding or tampering at the NFL Scouting Combine: Everybody does it. … The NFL is off base here.”
Maybe so, but it sounds like the league will end up lifting at least $300,000 from those teams anyway.
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