League not commenting on possible Peyton tampering by Chiefs

AP

If the NFL plans to investigate and/or punish the Chiefs for tampering based on coach Romeo Crennel’s recent comments regarding Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the league isn’t saying so.

Spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via email that the league declines to comment on whether Crennel’s remarks constitute tampering.

But what of a recent tweet from Will Brinson of CBSSports.com, in which Brinson says an “NFL spokesperson told me Romeo Crennel’s comments on Peyton Manning won’t be considered tampering“?

As it turns out, that was a miscommunication.  Either way, Aiello says the league won’t comment on speculation about tampering.

But is it speculation?  Crennel made comments that either violate, or don’t violate, the tampering rules.  Examining that issue becomes speculation only if the league has a habit of not enforcing the rules as written, selectively nailing some teams and giving others a pass.

Um.  OK, under that standard it really is speculation.

58 responses to “League not commenting on possible Peyton tampering by Chiefs

  1. I was under the impression that it is considered tampering but the league will only address it IF THE COLTS COMPLAIN.

  2. Detroit is losing a 6th rounder this year becasue Gunther Cunningham said he’d be interested in KC’s Jarrad Page. Seems like KC should now get the same treatment Detroit did.

  3. So, commenting that one of the best qbs in the league would be considered for your team is tampering? Get Real. Name me one team that would not love to have Brady or Brees or Rodgers on their team, and would daydream about it. Tampering? bah

  4. I thought that the league doesn’t investigate tampering unless a team (i.e. the Colts) complains to the league.

  5. Honest question here, how come when one of Detroit’s coordinators said a remark about getting practice squad players from KC, the team was docked a pick. But when KC allegedly tampers with a player on another team, the league looks the other way? Interesting…

  6. @ mrdawg

    Romeo reportedly said, “With a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he’s available. I’ll leave it at that.”

    He said I would be crazy. not Teams would be crazy.

  7. LOL at u bitter Lions fans! This isn’t tampering! He said he’s still with the colts and IF he was available yes. Not Yes I’m interested in Manning now even though he’s still a Colt. Lions got in trouble because Gunther’s a moron! He said he wanted page and others off KC.

  8. @dthomas58,
    Same thing with Gunther. Gunther said “IF” the Chiefs keep dropping players…..Same thing there as here, if you think the “IF” word is the key then the Lions should have been cleared also. Your defense of KC is not a good one based on one word in a statement.

  9. Haynesworth was signed by the Redskins at 12:01 AM the day of free agency a few years ago yet that wasn’t considered tampering?
    Got it…

  10. “LOL at u bitter Lions fans! This isn’t tampering! He said he’s still with the colts and IF he was available yes. Not Yes I’m interested in Manning now even though he’s still a Colt. Lions got in trouble because Gunther’s a moron! He said he wanted page and others off KC.”

    Hardly bitter! It amuses us greatly when tools like Peoli are left to twist in the wind!

  11. It was Jerod Page Cunningham made the comment about wanting to take a look at him if KC cut him. What’s the difference between what Crennel said and Gunther? If they took picks away from the Lions because Biotch Pioli whined then they should do the same for KC. Rules are Rules ( tho I thinks it’s stupid to punish a team for saying they would take a look at a guy if he was free) Can’t enforce them when they feel like it.

  12. dthomas58 says: Feb 27, 2012 11:51 AM

    LOL at u bitter Lions fans! This isn’t tampering! He said he’s still with the colts and IF he was available yes. Not Yes I’m interested in Manning now even though he’s still a Colt. Lions got in trouble because Gunther’s a moron! He said he wanted page and others off KC.
    Get your facts straight, there IS NO DIFFERENCE in what was said by Crennel and Gunther and yeah Lions should put a muzzle on Gunther after that one.

  13. You Lions fans are hilarious. Your team does something that was illegal and you blame KC? Maybe you should put a muzzle on that old retard Gunther instead of pointing fingers elsewhere.

  14. “With a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he’s available. I’ll leave it at that.”

    Tampering? Did he privately contact Manning while still under contract with the Colts? No. Did he lay out possible contract terms? Nope. Does anyone think Peyton’s divorce from the Colts will, in any way, be influenced by this comment? I don’t.

  15. The Lions didn’t get slapped with tampering charges because Gunther said he’d be interested in former Chiefs (never mentioned Page in those comments). The Lions contacted Page and/or his agent directly while he was under contract with KC. THAT’S why they got hit with tampering charges.

    Jarrad’s idiot agent/brother released a statement saying that teams had made trade offers for Jarrad and the Chiefs were sitting on them. Do you think that info came from the Chiefs? Only one other source it could have come from!

    What Crennel did happens all the time, and no tampering charges get filed. What doesn’t happen (or shouldn’t happen) all the time is other teams having actual business conversations with players/agents while they are under contract with another team. The Lions did it, Page’s agent/brother said so in the press, and the Chiefs reported it.

    Little bit different, folks.

  16. …and my point is, they shouldn’t have taken picks away from the Lions either and I would rather be a “Bitter Lionsfan” then a Longsuffering” Tho both apply.

  17. Tampering or no tampering, teams interested in Peyton need to look carefully at the fact that not only has he not played a year, and has a neck injury that makes him questionable to ever return, he also owns a 8-9 playoff record.

  18. marcuswelby70 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:25 PM
    Tampering or no tampering, teams interested in Peyton need to look carefully at the fact that not only has he not played a year, and has a neck injury that makes him questionable to ever return, he also owns a 8-9 playoff record.

    __
    Yet he still has a better playoff QB rating than Tom Brady.

    Playoff record = Team Stat
    QB rating = QB Stat

  19. tjjohnson98 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:21 PM
    wrong Page’s brother said the Lions DIDN’t do anything and offering a trade proposal to the Chiefs has nothing to do with tampering at all. It’s a trade offer, take it or leave it.

  20. bozosforall says:

    “Tom Brady . . . Tom Brady . . . Tom Brady . . .”

    Bozo, there is a cure for your fetish for Brady. Wear sandpaper mittens to bed to stop you from thinking about him when you go nighty-nights.

    __

  21. bozosforall says: Feb 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    Where there’s smoke (former Patriots personnel), there’s fire (cheating).

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Where there are 2nd rate teams (Jets), there are 2nd rate fans (Bozos).

    45 years and counting buddy!

  22. It’s asinine for the league’s own employees from NFL network/NFL.com to interview coaches with leading questions in an attempt to get them to commit tampering, and then turn around and make charges that tampering might be involved.

    Who do they think we are? Idiots?

    Ok, I guess they got us on that point.

  23. It would be funny if the NFL stripped reporters of press-passes for 3, 6 or 12 months based on “tampering-like questions” in order to write a story.

    Yes, the core problem is that many of these men do not know how to construct a sentence that is technically within the rules on the fly……but oftentimes its the question itself that gets them in trouble. Not everyone is adept at “Belichek speak”: talking while really saying nothing.

    If the fat men cannot help putting their hand in the cookie jar, maybe the cookie jar can be removed from the room.

  24. To Lionsfans,

    Detroit’s tampering went beyond just some comments made. The league said they also had impermissible contact with a player and/or his agent.

    Get over it. Now if the loose rumors from some morning radio show hack are true about the Chiefs talking to Manning’s agent, then there’s a story.

  25. Once again here is why the Lions got in trouble,

    The second part of the charge comes from the Lions impermissible contact with a Chiefs player under contract.

    I bet the NFL would have not done anything if it was just the statement by GC, and Karma has done nothing to the Chiefs we have not lost a draft pick.

  26. dt584ever says: Feb 27, 2012 2:05 PM
    Page’s own brother SAID the Lions didn’t contact him, and the Chiefs haven’t lost anything YET. If the Lions were so guilty, why did the NFL reduce the penalty after they appealed?

  27. Really Lions’ fans? You think you were busted because Gunther wanted “to catch some of them,” meaning the players KC may or may not release? It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that an agent knew about trade offers for a player who hadn’t been cleared to seek a trade? In the words of Tom Jackson, “Come on man!”

  28. Detriot fan finally has one winning season in the last ten years and now they think someone cares what they think. LMAO!

  29. I guess the Chiefs can file tampering charges but not be accused of them. The Lions should file charges against the Chiefs for tampering with Avril. Once the Lions sign Avril, he can roll over on the Chiefs and any other teams that contacted him. Maybe the Lions can pick up 2 or 3 draft choices. Cliff … help yourself AND your team.

  30. The league probably considers tampering as something clandestine that occurs without knowledge of the team or the media. In Mannings case, the media is forcasting which teams are interested in Manning when he is cut from the Colts, and then asking Crennel the hypothetical question ” Would you be interested if he is healthy and available?”.

  31. physiodoc2be says:

    Do you understand the difference between a trade offer, and tampering behind a teams back with one of their players? One is totally legal, the other is not.

  32. portnoychunk says:
    Feb 27, 2012 1:38 PM
    bozosforall says: Feb 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    Where there’s smoke (former Patriots personnel), there’s fire (cheating).

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Where there are 2nd rate teams (Jets), there are 2nd rate fans (Bozos).

    45 years and counting buddy!

    __
    Keep on bashing the Jets, dumbass…doesn’t bother me in the least. Funny how you Pats fans are so obsessed with them, especially given that they haven’t won anything in forever. Then again, New Englanders are obsessed with all things New York, which will always be the older brother to your little snot-nosed kid of a city called Boston.

  33. tigerlilac says:
    Feb 27, 2012 1:25 PM
    bozosforall says:

    “Tom Brady . . . Tom Brady . . . Tom Brady . . .”

    Bozo, there is a cure for your fetish for Brady. Wear sandpaper mittens to bed to stop you from thinking about him when you go nighty-nights.

    ___
    The only ones with a Tom Brady fetish are you New England lemmings who will never get that Peyton Manning is and always will be better than your “Johnny on the spot” QB, who only won his three rings because he inherited a team with a defense that was capable of winning titles in the early part of last decade.

  34. marcuswelby70 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 2:11 PM
    Hey Bozo

    This story is about Manning, not Brady. Are you having trouble understanding that?

    ___
    Anyone with a brain can see right through your initial comment and know that you were making a direct comparison to the playoff records of Brady and Manning. It’s not like you crybabies haven’t been doing that for the last decade either.

  35. scratchnpost1234 says:
    “Do you understand the difference between a trade offer, and tampering behind a teams back with one of their players? One is totally legal, the other is not.”

    Yes. And KC did not permit Page to seek a trade. Because of that, the only way Page’s agent (who doubles as his brother, and no I don’t have the order reversed) would know that there were solid trade offers is if another team had told him. KC wasn’t shopping Page and the Pages would have no knowledge of a trade offer, unless Gun picked up the phone and called one of them. So, do you understand the difference between a trade offer and tampering behind a team’s back with one of their players?

  36. bozosforall says:

    “The only ones with a Tom Brady fetish are you New England lemmings. . .”

    The dictionary definition of bozo is “a foolish or incompetent person” and you are calling us the “lemmings”?

    Chill guy, it is only a game. Boston and new York are not at war; this isn’t Troy and Sparta.

    Your team had a couple of up years and is now on a downward trend given its weak quarterback, aging roster, and too many guaranteed contracts. We understand that as a fan you had your hopes raised and now see it slipping away. Hey, you are a New Yorker, feel free to jump on the Giants or Linsanity bandwagons but don’t try to own Peyton Manning.

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