Adam Schefter Provides Update on Eagles Tampering Penalty Ahead of the NFL Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles might lose draft picks or receive a fine based on the NFL's tampering investigation.
Mar 14, 2024; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a
Mar 14, 2024; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles were in hot water earlier this offseason when they signed star running back Saquon Barkley to a three-year deal in free agency. 

Last month, The NFL issued a statement that said they are reviewing if the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, who signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a multi-year contract, violated the league’s tampering policy during the legal tampering period.

Penn State head coach James Franklin made a blunder at one of his press conferences saying, “Eagles general manager Howie Roseman spoke to Barkley and pitched him on the connection between the Eagles and Nittany Lions fan bases.”

When Barkley was asked about this at his introductory press conference with the Eagles, he said his former college coach “misinterpreted the situation.” To no one’s surprise, Philadelphia has denied the claim, but we could be getting close to a resolution.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that a conclusion on the investigation could come as early as this week. Schefter adds that the discipline will involve draft picks, but it’s expected to be more severe for the Falcons.

If you are the Eagles, you’re not thrilled about potentially losing draft picks, but if you aren’t on the severe side like the Falcons they should be okay. 

In the two tampering disciplines that the NFL insider highlighted, the Miami Dolphins had to forfeit their 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick, while the Kansas City Chiefs forfeited their 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick. Along with losing draft picks, both teams were fined for their involvement in the tampering.

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