I told you that it was likely the Dolphins would be fined for this "improper" contact. A number of my readers took exception saying it was a non-issue, and there was no foul.
Yesterday, the league did confirm that the Dolphins were fined for violating the league rule on contact. While neither the league nor the Dolphins made much of it, it does show (once again) that the Fins don't have a clue. How could they not know it was against the rules?
Citing the specifics, the NFL said:
There have been rules in place for years that govern what is permissible prior to the start of the offseason program. It is the interpretation of Article XXXV of the CBA. Before the offseason program begins, generally around March 15, players are permitted to use the Club's facilities on a voluntary basis subject to the following rules:
(i) such players may not receive per diem payments or workout bonuses of any kind and may not be paid or reimbursed expenses for travel, board or lodging during this period;
(ii) such players are not permitted to participate in organized workouts, practices or meetings of any kind;
(iii) the Club's strength and conditioning coaches may not direct such players' individual workouts, but may supervise use of the weight room to prevent injury, correct misuse of equipment, etc.;
(iv) such players may not be directed or supervised by position coaches during this period.