After being docked a 7th round draft pick for tampering with then-Kansas City Chiefs safety Jarrad Page, the Detroit Lions are looking at an appeal with the league. In the meantime, Page’s agent, brother John Page doesn’t understand where there was tampering.
“I’m baffled by the tampering decision,” John Page said. “Never had any contact with anybody from Detroit. And Detroit had absolutely nothing to do with the situation that occurred. They had nothing to do with it.”
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday at the NFL combine the league “reached the wrong conclusion,” but general manager Martin Mayhew has not committed to appealing the decision.
“It’s like anything else, you win some, you lose some,” Mayhew said. “As of right now, we lost that one. I take the blame for that. That’s my fault.
“The way I feel about it is when that kind of thing happens, what you have to do is go back, kind of re-evaluate what you did, what you didn’t do, things you can do differently. And then you have to move on. You make a mental checklist of things not to do, a mental checklist of things to do and you move on. So we’re moving on.”
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli declined comment about the findings and allegations.
“That’s a league issue and it was handled and I really don’t have any comments on that at all,” he said.
Page’s agent can deny the tampering all he wants, but just look at the few comments that Mayhew made. Does that sound like a man thoroughly convinced he agrees with Page and his coach?
I fully expect the Lions to file an appeal for the sake of filing an appeal with the league upholding their ruling. That means Pioli and the Chiefs will get to swap picks with Detroit in the 5th round, quite a bump for Kansas City in a round they found starting safety Kendrick Lewis last year.