The Detroit Free Press reported today that the Lions did in fact appeal the tampering case involving the Kansas City Chiefs. I wrote an entry a few days ago about how quiet the Lions — and more specifically Tom Lewand — have been about the whole situation. I’m glad they finally decided to go forward with the appeal.
If the Lions win their appeal, their seventh-round choice would be reinstated, and they would have six picks in Aprilâ€™s draft.
I think the Lions took the right approach in staying quiet about the situation, while they were still deciding which route to take. It might not have been ideal to media and fans wanting to know what was going on, but in a lot of respects it was the “professional” thing to do.
The Lions have maintained since the beginning that they weren’t guilty of any tampering issues, so hopefully the NFL and Roger Goodell make the same conclusion. We’ll see how this plays out.