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NFL fines three teams for contact during lockout


During the lockout, NFL coaches, front office executives and other team officials were strictly prohibited from contacting players. Now three teams are being punished by the league for violating that prohibition.

PFT’s Mike Florio is reporting that the league has handed down six-figure fines to three different teams for contact with players during the lockout. Two of those teams are the Titans and Buccaneers.

That the Titans and Bucs were fined isn’t a surprise. We’ve previously noted that Titans receiver Kenny Britt said in August that he and receivers coach Dave Ragone were in contact all summer long. And we’ve also noted that Bucs coach Raheem Morris has admitted he called players during the lockout.

Everyone NFL team and coach knew the rules during the lockout, so there’s no reason teams that violated the league shouldn’t be fined. And now the Titans and Bucs have been.

UPDATE: The Titans claim they have not been fined.  We’ve contacted the league for further information.

SECOND UPDATE:  The league says that the Titans weren’t fined.  But the league won’t say who was fined.  And we stand fully and completely by the report that three teams were fined.

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20 Responses to “NFL fines three teams for contact during lockout”
  1. tallguyme says: Sep 23, 2011 7:55 PM

    Ohhhhh let the Patriot haters speculate about the third team.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 23, 2011 7:56 PM

    Everybody did the same thing. These guys weren’t bright enough to STFU about it.

  3. stairwayto7 says: Sep 23, 2011 8:04 PM

    It has to be the Packers! Didn’t they have their ring ceremony in July? Fine them $2 million!

  4. mrbigass says: Sep 23, 2011 8:06 PM

    Puhleaseeeee, every team had some contact.

    The ones that didn’t get fined just did a better job of not getting caught.

  5. bigbuckkillah says: Sep 23, 2011 8:07 PM

    I believe it will be the browns.

  6. vbe2 says: Sep 23, 2011 8:08 PM

    So who was the third team?

  7. phillyphever says: Sep 23, 2011 8:18 PM

    I’m gonna guess it’s New Orleans.

  8. flaccounibrow says: Sep 23, 2011 8:21 PM

    @ tallguyme
    Nah… The patsies only cheat during the actual season…and during the playoffs and superbowl. This wouldn’t give them enough of a competitive advantage.

  9. packers012 says: Sep 23, 2011 8:53 PM


    The Packers got permission from the commisoner prior to the ring ceremony. They had to actually delay it a few months from when the ceremonies and white house visit usually take place. Remember the former players complaining because the packers took players from this years team not last years?

    Do some research before just saying a certain team should be fined..

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    @ tallguyme
    You are correct .
    Pats might only cheat in big games…unless they cheat in ALL games.
    I’m not saying…I’m just saying.

  11. flakazoid says: Sep 23, 2011 9:10 PM

    Let’s see…it’s against the NFL rules… and it clearly would give a team a competitive advantage… who could it be… It’s probably a team that’s desperate to win a Super Bowl… Probably hasn’t won one in 7 years or so… And when they did win maybe they were tainted–a history bending the rules… Hmmmm… Who could it be…

  12. ProDolphinsTalk says: Sep 23, 2011 9:14 PM

    Cheating? For calling your players during NFL doomsday? Just accept the fine and make the calls is probally what more than 3 coaches did. Money well spent when both teams in question have played well so far.

  13. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 23, 2011 9:38 PM

    Whose the third team?

  14. jfinn5 says: Sep 23, 2011 9:54 PM

    Who would call players during a lockout? Not smart.

  15. tjacks7 says: Sep 23, 2011 10:07 PM

    Obviously wasn’t my Vikings. These guys look like they haven’t spoken or played together in years.

  16. oakfan23 says: Sep 23, 2011 11:48 PM

    Well we know it wasn’t the Chiefs, LOL

  17. minnysoda says: Sep 24, 2011 12:04 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Sep 23, 2011 8:04 PM
    It has to be the Packers! Didn’t they have their ring ceremony in July? Fine them $2 million!
    God you can’t be a Steelers fan nobody can be this stupid or loudmouthed you are trying to make Steelers Fans look this way

    The Packers had League permission to have the Ring Ceremony I heard Tomlin called Ward and asked him why he didn’t use some of those DWTS moves during SB 45.

    Besides everyone knows the Vikings had contact with their players to arrange a terrible season and advanced moving to LA plans

  18. ruggerlad says: Sep 24, 2011 4:25 AM

    Ohhhhh let the Patriot haters speculate about the third team.

    83 28

    The Pats aren’t known for cheating are they??
    Or getting the benefit of all the officials calls.

  19. ruggerlad says: Sep 24, 2011 4:26 AM

    Every team contacted their players during the lockout!

  20. ak18346 says: Sep 24, 2011 8:12 AM

    TAKE A COUPLE OF DRAFT PICK’S money isn’t that dig of deal to these teams

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