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Chiefs file appeal of Jeremy Maclin tampering penalties

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have appealed their penalty for violating the NFL's anti-tampering policy by having improper contact with Jeremy Maclin before the start of last year's free-agent signing period, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The Chiefs lost a pair of draft picks -- a third-rounder this year and a sixth-rounder in 2017 -- and were fined $250,000. In addition, coach Andy Reid was fined $75,000, and general manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000.

Team chairman Clark Hunt indicated when the penalty was handed out that the Chiefs would appeal. Hunt said at the time the penalty was more severe than those handed out in previous tampering cases.

"As we indicated in the statement, we intended to file and we have filed that appeal at this point," Hunt said Monday during an interview with the Kansas City Star, which was first to report the appeal.

"We're in the very beginning process of that. We've not had a discussion with the league on the [timeline], but I'll say from our standpoint, we would like it done by the draft."

The Chiefs have not denied directly communicating with Maclin during a period when such contact is against NFL rules.