The NFL hammered the Seahawks on Monday with penalties stemming from a violation of the regulations on offseason training activities, docking the team a draft pick, taking away one week of next year’s OTAs and fining both the team and coach Pete Carroll.
Seattle was docked a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, lost the first week of OTAs in 2017 and the team was fined $400,000 for violating the rules governing offseason training activities, installed under the new collective bargaining Agreement.
Additionally, Pete Carroll was fined $200,000 by the league for the violations.
From the NFL’s release:
During the team’s June 6, 2016 Organized Team Activity (OTA) day, players engaged in excessive on-field physical contact, which is expressly prohibited in all offseason workouts under the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The prohibition is one of several measures the NFL and NFLPA implemented to enhance player safety by limiting contact during offseason workout programs. The rules also help to prevent any team from gaining a competitive advantage.
This isn’t the first time the team has been hit with penalties for violating the rules on OTAs and it sounds like the Seahawks previous issue certainly affected the team this time around.
The decision to impose discipline was made after the NFL and NFLPA independently reviewed the Seahawks’ June 6, 2016 on-field practice video and agreed that the club had violated the “no-live-contact” rule, as set forth in Article 21, Section 2(b)(iii), Section 5(a) and Appendix G of the CBA.
The Seahawks were also advised that any additional violation of the CBA’s player work rules, or any violation affecting the competitive aspects of the game, will likely result in significantly higher fines, the cancellation of future OTA days, minicamp days, preseason or regular season practices, as well as the forfeiture of higher-round or multiple draft selections.
At the very least it will hurt them more if they’re caught by the league in the future.
And if you think a fifth-round pick doesn’t mean much, think again. The Seahawks have done pretty well in that round.
A few #Seahawks fifth-round picks for this regime: Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Luke Wilson, Tharold Simon…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
Also, regardless of how much money you have, $200,000 is a lot of cash.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Seahawks hit with multiple fines, lose 2017 draft pick for OTA violations