Niners forfeit pick for Briggs tampering
The Associated Press
March 24, 2008
The San Francisco 49ers forfeited their fifth-round pick in next month's NFL draft after commissioner Roger Goodell said they tampered with Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs.
In a statement released by the league Monday, Goodell also said the teams will switch picks in the third round of the April 26-27 draft. Chicago, which had the 12th pick, will get San Francisco's seventh pick and the 49ers will get Chicago's choice.
Goodell said the 49ers violated the NFL's anti-tampering policy by contacting Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about his client during the 2007 season.
"The 49ers organization respects Commissioner Goodell's ruling today, however we do disagree with it," 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said in a statement. "This was not a malicious act; we believe that our intent was within the NFL guidelines. Going forward, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we are in compliance with the NFL's interpretation."
Briggs, an all-Pro in 2007, had been designated as Chicago's franchise player, signing a one-year tender that meant he could not leave the Bears.
He had been expected to leave as a free agent after last season but instead re-signed with Chicago for $36 million over six years. Briggs will earn $21.6 million in the first three years of the deal and $13 million of the contract is guaranteed.
"We are appreciative of the efforts of the league office on this matter and support the commissioner's decision," Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement.
There had been reports of contact between the 49ers and Rosenhaus last season, and the Bears filed a tampering charge with the NFL. Goodell said both teams cooperated with his investigation into the allegations.
Nice of both the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel to only run an AP story in their papers on the involvement of Miami sports agent and spin-meister Drew Rosenhaus in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to penalize the 49ers for contacting Rosenhaus about his client, Bears LB Lance Briggs, before last year's trading deadline.
(Let's put the folks at NFL Security in charge of Homeland Security, he said half-jokingly.)
Why put your own reporters in the position of having to ask some tough questions of a locally-based, nationally-known, high-profile personality they're used to kidding around with -who routinely provides reporters with endless amounts of anonymous information and access to his clients- when you can dodge that headache by just running a generic A.P. story?
Hmmm... an ethical dilemma facing newspaper editors in their coverage of a story about troublesome ethics.
Now that's ironic!
Where's that quote machine Lucy Dalglish when you (readers) need her?
For the record, since January 1st, roughly 12 weeks ago, the Herald has run about 18 separate
stories that either mention Rosenhaus or quote him, while the Sun-Sentinel has run about 9.
(More on Drew Rosenhausat http://www.rosenhaussports.com/ and http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=61447585 )Just another reason to be very glad that there isn't a national press shield law, South Beach Hoosier said in all seriousness, despite the efforts of so many on Capitol Hill -unfortunately, including Senator Lugar- to give a special interest group like the corporate media exactly what they dearly want most -less accountability.
"My agent, Drew Rosenhaus … obviously I picked him for a reason. Your agent, you're supposed to trust him. And when he gives you advice, I feel like it's in my best interest to follow it. If there's something I don't like, obviously I'll bring that up with him. Drew has been in this situation many times, and I really feel comfortable with what he's telling me to do at this point..."
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