The league has informed the Seahawks that they have violated the new CBA and will be docked practice time. Apparently it was determined that there was too much contact taking place at Seahawk practices, and the rules not prohibit contact during OTAs.
Now before anyone starts asking about which player was the whistle blower here, you should know that all OTA practices are recorded and reviewed to look for these types of violations. (The Cardinals has to trim down a couple trees to make sure the entire field was visible in order to comply with this policy) While the Seahawks were the first team penalized for breaking the new rules, don’t expect them to be the only ones. The drills the Seahawks were running were of the same type as the ones they’ve ran over the past 2 offseasons, and ones that the team felt were non-contact.
- The Seahawks cannot practice on June 6th or 7th.
- The non-football workout scheduled for June 8th has also been cancelled.
- The players are not allowed to be at the team’s facilities on those days, but they will get paid for them.
- Any future violations will result in stronger sanctions.
This doesn’t sound like much, but for a young team like the Seahawks, losing the practice time will slow their development. These young players really need the practice time. Clearly Pete Carroll and company needed to read the rules a little more clearly to make sure that this didn’t happen.