Over the weekend Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli declined to answer any questions about Peyton Manning, citing the league's rules against tampering. We, of course, took his silence and tried to figure out what it meant.
Maybe it meant exactly what he said it did -- he doesn't want to tamper with another player and get fined. I say that because Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has his name in the news today for his Peyton Manning comments over the weekend. Here's what Crennel said when asked about Manning:
"Well, I'm not supposed to talk about anybody else's players. He's still a player with Indianapolis. But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. All right? I'll leave it at that."
Except Manning is under contract with the Colts which, technically, puts the Chiefs in line for possible tampering charges. Check out Adam Teicher's story at the KC Star for the full definition of tampering but here's the example of a prohibited comment that they give: "He's an excellent player, and we'd very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights."
That's pretty much the same as what Crennel said, and the league says that comment is prohibited. The big difference, if you ask me, is that Crennel said he would consider Manning. He didn't say he would sign him. The league doesn't hand out tampering charges very often so, honestly, I don't expect anything to come of this. But if the league were interested in bringing to light the ways teams break the rules, they could have a decent case against the Chiefs.
The irony, of course, is that the Chiefs filed tampering charges against the Detroit Lions last year, and Detroit was found guilty.