The Kansas City Chiefs have filed tampering charges against the Detroit Lions, according to FOX Sports.
If found guilty, the Lions could be fined and/or stripped of at least one draft pick.
One of the parties believed mentioned in Kansas City’s grievance is Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who held the same position with the Chiefs from 2004 to 2008.
Cunningham made at least one public comment that could be constituted as tampering prior to this year’s free-agent signing period.
“(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,” Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press in February.
The Lions didn’t sign any of Kansas City’s free agents.
Odds are that nothing will ever come from these charges, unless there was some very blatant proof that was uncovered. Something along the lines of an email from Cunningham to hold out Jarrad Page saying “Keep in shape, we’ll pick you up once the Chiefs release you.”. Yes, it would need to be that open and closed.
The only other player that comes to mind is Derrick Johnson. Remember, for a while at the end of last season and during the offseason, there was plenty of speculation about where the then-backup Johnson would be playing in 2010. Before it was decided that he would be back in Kansas City, who’s to say someone from Detroit — a team in need of help at linebacker –didn’t reach out to Johnson to take his temperature on a reunion with Cunningham?