The NFL has penalized the Seattle Seahawks for violating off-season workout rules, docking the team a 2017 fifth-round draft pick and the first week of 2017 organized team activities, the league announced on Monday.
The Seahawks were fined $400,000 and head coach Pete Carroll was fined $200,000.
The league announced that during the Seahawks' OTA on June 6, players engaged in “excessive on-field physical contact, which is expressly prohibited in all off-season workouts under the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The prohibition is one of several measures by the NFL and NFLPA implemented to enhance player safety by limiting contact during off-season workout programs. The rules also help to prevent any team from gaining a competitive advantage.”
All OTA sessions are voluntary and players are not allowed to hit or line up 11-on-11.
The Seahawks were previously docked two OTAs for a rules violation in 2012.