BY Art Thiel 12:16PM 09/19/2016

Seahawks fined $400K, fifth-round draft pick

The NFL has busted the Seahawks a third time for violating rules against excessive contact during off-season workouts. The league and players union announced Monday the club was fined $400,000, a fifth-round pick in the next draft and a week of organized team activities. Coach Pete Carroll was also fined $200,000.

The Seahawks were fined for a June 6 OTA session, video from which was reviewed independently by the league and union. They cited the no-contact rule in the collective bargaining agreement about player safety:

Voluntary off-season workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The intensity and tempo of drills should be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority, and not at a level where one player is in a physical contest with another player.

The Seahawks were previously busted in 2014 for a similar violation, as well as in 2012.

A  letter from the league said that another repetition will result in “significantly higher fines, the cancellation of future OTA days, mini-camp days, preseason or regular season practices, as well as the forfeiture of higher-round or multiple draft selections.”

The loss of a fifth-round pick is costly. The Seahawks have used the pick in previous drafts to select SS Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman and TE Luke Willson.

The NFLPA put a priority on player safety during negotiations in 2011 that resulted in the current CBA.


  • Cory

    $18,000 in fines to the Broncos for clealy targeting Newton wth Helmet to Helmet hits like its 1970 in the first nationally televised game of the season. A couple guys unintetnionally bang heads in OTA pratice and Hawks loose draft pick and have $600,000 in total fines dished out. Player safety…yeah right.

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