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03-25-2008, 12:11 AM

San Francisco loses pick for tampering with Bears' Briggs

By Vaughn McClure
Tribune staff reporter
10:31 PM CDT, March 24, 2008

Lance Briggs envisioned suiting up for the San Francisco 49ers. He never imagined they would lose a draft pick over him.

The NFL found the 49ers guilty of tampering with the Bears linebacker last season and punished the NFC West team Monday by taking away its fifth-round selection in the April 26-27 draft. San Francisco violated the league's anti-tampering policy by contacting Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, last season without the Bears' permission.

Briggs was on a one-year tender as the team's franchise player. He declined to comment when reached by phone Monday. Rosenhaus did not return a message.

More importantly for the Bears, the 49ers also were forced to switch third-round picks with them. So instead of having the 12th selection of the third round, the Bears have the seventh.

Moving up five spots could have a significant impact, considering a solid quarterback, running back or receiver could be on the board early in the round.

Commissioner Roger Goodell came to a final decision Monday regarding Briggs, who re-signed with the Bears for $36 million over six years.

"We are appreciative of the efforts of the league," Bears President Ted Phillips said in a statement.

Scot McCloughan, general manager for the 49ers, wasn't as complimentary.

"We believe that our intent was within the NFL guidelines," he said.

Mr. Flopnuts
03-25-2008, 12:14 AM
This is not even halfway down the front page. Nice try at a football thread though. ;)