Predictably, the San Francisco 49ers were none too happy with Roger Goodell's ruling this afternoon.
The Niners lose their fifth-round draft pick and will move down in the third round in a swap with the Bears. Goodell ruled they were guilty of tampering with linebacker Lance Briggs for contacting his agent Drew Rosenhaus last season.
Our buddy Matt Maiocco at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has been on the case and has reaction from Niners general manager Scot McCloughan.
"The 49ers organization respects Commissioner Goodell's ruling today, however we do disagree with it,'' McCloughan said in a statement to Bay Area media. "This was not a malicious act; we believe that our intent was within the NFL guidelines. Going forward, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we are in compliance with the NFL's interpretation."
Looks like another case of Goodell ruling with a strong fist.
More details to come.