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Chiefs-Lions Tampering Charges Reportedly Involve Jarrad Page, Gunther Cunningham

The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday filed tampering charges with the NFL against the Detroit Lions. It was believed that Gunther Cunningham -- former Chiefs defensive coordinator now serving in the same capacity with the Lions -- would be involved.

The Detroit Free Press reports that, indeed, the charges are between Page and Cunningham. We're not sure what exactly happened between them to make the Chiefs think tampering had occurred.

So what would tampering be? Here's what it is: "any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissably induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL."

For example, if Gunther was telling Page that he could come play for the Lions -- and the Lions were definitely interested in Page -- then that could violate tampering rules, especially if the Chiefs hadn't given them permission to be seeking a trade or anything.

There are all kinds of possibilities for this one but history says the league won't punish anyone for tampering. Though it seems that teams regularly tamper, the league has trouble proving it (or doesn't want to prove it) so it's possible we don't hear much more of anything about this.