Vikings Cleared of Tampering Charges

The NFL announced that it found no violations of league policy in the Vikings' contact with Packers quarterback Brett Favre, bringing a close to at least one aspect of the Favre drama.

The NFL announced on Monday that the Minnesota Vikings have been cleared of tampering charge brought against them by the Green Bay Packers.

"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday that he completed his review of tampering charges filed by the Packers against the Vikings and found no violations of league policy," the NFL stated on its web site.

The Packers brought tampering charges against the Vikings for their alleged communications with quarterback Brett Favre. Favre admitted he communicated with Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and head coach Brad Childress, but said that they did not try to entice him to join the Vikings. Favre and Bevell are good friends going back to Bevell's days as quarterbacks coach of the Packers.

"Based on the information that we had, the Packers thought it was appropriate to bring this matter to the league's attention. We respect the Commissioner's investigation of this matter and we now consider it closed," the Packers said in a statement Monday.

The Vikings could have been subject to the loss of a draft pick(s) and/or a fine, based on the loss of a fifth-round draft pick that the San Francisco 49ers suffered for their involvement with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs before free agency in 2007.

Earlier Monday, Childress said he hadn't heard anything from the league regarding the tampering charges, adding, "I think they have everything from us that they need."

The Vikings later released this statement on the situation: "We respect the commissioner's decision and the thoroughness of the process. We provided the league with all information requested so they could be comprehensive in their decision making. Our focus has been, and continues to be, on our football team and having a successful season."

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