Seahawks fined $400,000 for excessive off-season workouts
The Seattle Seahawks were notified Monday by the NFL that they will be fined $400,000 for violating NFL-NFLPA work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all off-season workouts. In addition to the fine, they will also have to forfeit the first week (three days) of 2017 Organized Team Activity (OTA). Head coach Pete Carroll will also be fined $200,000 for not maintaining appropriate control over practices and failing to intervene when prohibited conduct occurs.
Perhaps the most detrimental though, as a result of the Seahawks’ prior violation of the OTA rules, the club will forfeit its fifth-round selection in the 2017 Draft.
During the team’s June 6th OTA, players engaged in excessive on-field physical contact which is prohibited in off-season workouts under the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s one of several measures implemented to enhance player safety by limiting contact during off-season workouts. The rules are also enforced to prevent any particular team from gaining a competitive edge.
Seahawks’ players will still be paid for the three cancelled 2017 OTA sessions.
The decision to impose the discipline was made after the NFL and NFLPA independently reviewed the team’s June 6, 2016 on-field practice video and agreed the team had violated the “no-live-contact” rule as laid out in Article 21, Section 2(b)(iii), Section 5(a) and Appendix G of the CBA