Commissioner Roger Goodell penalized the Lions on Feb. 18 for comments defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who held the same role with Kansas City from 1995-2000, made about players still under contract with the Chiefs in February 2010.
"(Kansas City) keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys," Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press before the start of free agency last offseason.
The paper also reported the Lions were cited for impermissible contact with S Jarrad Page, or his agent. Page was still under contract with the Chiefs but had requested a trade, and was dealt to New England last year.
Instead of a pick this year, the Lions will lose a pick in 2012, and must still exchange fifth-round picks this year (Kansas City gets Detroit's 140th overall pick and the Lions receive the Chiefs' 154th overall selection).
Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor