The NFL’s policy on tampering covers public statements made by team officials. It reads in part:
“Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: “He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.”)”
The Chiefs last year won a tampering claim against the Detroit Lions involving former safety Jarrad Page. They swapped draft picks with the Lions in the fifth round of last year’s draft, allowing them to move up 14 spots.
I want to share with you the words from Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. He was asked about Kansas City’s potential interest in the expected free agent QB. And while KC general manager Scott Pioli was coy in commenting about Manning or KC interest in Manning, Crennel was more forthright.
“With a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he’s available. I’ll leave it at that,” Crennel said.
But even if he gets by Crennel, he’s not expected to drop much further because just about every mock draft has Kuechly being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 15.
Asked yesterday how much it would mean to go in the first round, Kuechly, addressing the media at the NFL combine, didn’t contain his excitement.
“I think it would be great. Growing up, it’s one of those things, I’ve been watching the draft, I don’t know how long,” Kuechly said. “You want to get your name called on that first day, you want to be on that first-day list, when (the NFL commissioner) says, ‘so-and-so selects, Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.’ That’s your goal playing in college football. Getting to that level, and hearing your name on the first day.”
“He had his shoulder cleaned out and those can be tough to comeback from,” Crennel said. “He’s going to have to recover from that. They say everything is going good, but that’s of those that we’ll have to be careful with and make sure its back before we get him at out there at full speed.
“He can still run and things like that. We’ll manage him by letting him do all of the individual drills, drops and things like that, but no diving for the ball or those things.”