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Old 03-24-2008   #1
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Default Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

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NEW YORK (AP)—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.
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Oops.
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Default Re: Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

I wonder if the is the most draft picks ever taken from teams in one season.
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Default Re: Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

Not only did the 49ers lose their draft pick and trade spots with another, they didn't even get Briggs!
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Default Re: Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

Like it matters, they are building through FA anyway.
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Like it matters, they are building through FA anyway.
I think the Yankee's are living proof that this doesnt work to well.
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Like it matters, they are building through FA anyway.
That will never build a Championship team. Ask the Skins.
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Default Re: Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

Dumb does not even begin to describe the 49ers, lost #7 to the patriots, switch 3rd with bears and lose 5th altogether. I would be looking for a new owner.
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Default Re: Niners forfeit draft pick for tampering with Bears Lance Briggs

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Dumb does not even begin to describe the 49ers, lost #7 to the patriots, switch 3rd with bears and lose 5th altogether. I would be looking for a new owner.
What's the owner got to do with it?

Now the idea of looking for a new GM or another of the higher up spots might be a good idea.
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