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The NFL took two draft picks Wednesday from the Kansas City Chiefs for violating the league's anti-tampering policy when they had improper contact with Jeremy Maclin, who was still under contract with the Eagles.
The Chiefs will lose a third-round pick this year and a sixth-rounder in 2017 and were fined $250,000 for the violation. Head coach Andy Reid was fined $75,000 and GM John Dorsey $25,000.
Maclin signed a five-year, $55 million deal last March, reuniting with Reid. Maclin spent his first five years in the league with the Eagles with Reid as his coach.
Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement that the team will appeal the penalties.
“Today we were informed by the National Football League that our club will be disciplined for an infraction during the 2015 free agency negotiating period.
“While we respect Commissioner Goodell and the process, we believe that the penalties proposed in this case are inconsistent with discipline enforced in similar matters -- particularly given the league's inconsistent communication of its policies on contact with potential free agents.
“As an organization, we take great care to conduct ourselves with integrity and operate within the guidelines of the NFL. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with the league in this matter, and we are disappointed with the league’s decision. I want to make it clear that I fully support the leadership of both Coach Reid and John Dorsey. We will continue to explore our options under the appeal process.”
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