Could Jets forfeit a draft pick if found guilty of tampering?

There's something ironic about the New England Patriots accusing another team of breaking the rules, but they appear to have a case against the New York Jets.

Owner Woody Johnson suffered a foot-in-mouth moment on the day he fired Rex Ryan and John Idzik, telling reporters, "I'd love for Darrelle [Revis] to come back." Tampering charges have been filed against the Jets, as ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday. If the league deems it a violation, the Jets could be fined and/or docked a draft pick (or picks).

Johnson called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to clarify his comments, later releasing a statement saying he "misspoke. I would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team and should not have used those words."

The Patriots aren't letting it slide, hardly a surprise given the acrimony between the two franchises over the years. Anybody remember Spygate?

Fans really don't care if Johnson, a billionaire, has to pay a big fine. The concern is whether the league will strip the Jets of a draft pick. Well, you should know it rarely happens in tampering cases.

Here's a look at the history (since 1980) of teams having to forfeit draft picks, according to ESPN Stats & Information:

  • 2012 New Orleans Saints pay the price for Bountygate, surrendering a pair of second-round picks (2012 and 2013).

  • 2011 Lions forfeit seventh-round pick for tampering with Chiefs players.

  • 2008 49ers forfeit fifth-round pick for tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

  • 2008 Patriots forfeit first-round pick for Spygate scandal.

  • 2002-05 Broncos forfeit 2005 third-round pick, 2002 third-round pick for circumventing salary cap between 1996 and 1998.

  • 2001-02 49ers forfeit 2002 third-round pick, 2001 fifth-round pick for salary-cap violations.

  • 2001 Steelers forfeit third-round pick for exceeding 1998 salary cap.

  • 1986 Patriots forfeit third-round pick for illegal use of injured reserve list.

  • 1981 Broncos forfeit third-round pick for contract violations involving Bill Thompson.

  • 1981 Raiders forfeit fifth-round pick for illegally sequestering two players in 1978.

  • 1980 Eagles forfeit third-round pick for holding illegal tryout.

  • 1980 Raiders forfeit fourth-round pick for evasion of player limit.