INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches his team warm up before the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Last season, the Kansas City Chief filed a charge against the Detroit Lions for tampering, and won. The grievance was reportedly over how the Lions signed safety Jarrad Paige. Paige was signed to a contract binding him to the Chiefs, but the Lions reportedly reached out ot him anyway and said, Hey, want to play with us?
The NFL ruled that the Lions had, indeed, tampered and had to hand over a 7th round pick in 2011 while also swapping their 5th rounder with K.C.
Oh, the delicious, delicious irony if this most recent story from PFT is true:
Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports writes via Twitter that he is "[h]earing" the Chiefs and agent Tom Condon "have spoken twice" about Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and that Fescoe is "told" the financials are a "good fit" for the Chiefs.
Technically, no team may talk to Peyton or Condon until the Colts release Manning. But tampering happens all the time at this time of the year, and it becomes nearly blatant at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Well, there is nothing "technical" about it. Peyton Manning is still a Colt. If anyone from the Chiefs spoke to him or his agent about playing in K.C., that's tampering.
Yes, yes, yes. I know "everyone" does it, and for the Jarrad Paiges of this world, I think that kind of stuff should slide. For someone like Manning? Um, no. Can't really let that go.
In case you are keeping score, this is now team No. 2 that has been accused of tampering for Manning. While I doubt anything will really come out of this, it would be kind of funny if the NFL rewarded Indianapolis draft picks from both Washington and K.C. because both teams were too stupid to keep their Manning tampering under wraps.
Hey, Indy was the worst team in football last year. They need all the picks they can get!