Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman on The Pivot podcast. Photo Credit: The Pivot on YouTube. Photo Credit: The Pivot on YouTube.

Mecole Hardman began the 2023-24 season with the New York Jets, later being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and playing a role in the team’s Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He spoke about what led up to the trade back to the Chiefs and may have implicated himself and the Chiefs for potential tampering violations in the process.

Hardman appeared on the The Pivot podcast with ESPN’s Ryan Clark, where he admitted that at one point while on the Jets he reached out to Chiefs general manager Brett Veach and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, telling them to “come get me”.

“I was so checked out, like, it was over with,” said Hardman. “I had already talked to (Brett) Veach and Pat (Mahomes), like, ‘Come get me’.

Hardman was traded to the Chiefs just two weeks after this conversation, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

According to the NFL tampering policy, teams that are contacted by players under contract with another team are barred from discussing general terms of the player’s possible employment with the contacted club.

Based on what Hardman detailed about the call with Veach and Mahomes, it certainly sounds like this qualifies for “possible employment” talks.

Fans took notice of this comment from Hardman and believe that this is absolutely a violation of the tampering policy.

It’s understandable to hear that Hardman was upset about his role on a struggling Jets team early on in the year. But it may not have been the most wise decision to speak about it in this much detail.

The deal obviously paid off for the Chiefs, as Hardman ended up playing the role of the hero in Super Bowl LVIII, catching the game-winning touchdown to solidify the win for Kansas City in overtime.

However, Hardman’s comments on the matter could very well come at the cost of a draft pick in either the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft or a future pick if the NFL does end up investigating the situation.

[The Pivot Podcast, Rich Cimini on Twitter/X]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.