KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL is making Dick Vermeil go back
on a promise.
That expensive bottle of wine Vermeil said he would give Morten
Andersen for kicking the game-winning field goal against Oakland
will have to stay locked up in the coach's liquor cabinet.
The NFL office, after hearing of comments by Vermeil and
Andersen following Kansas City's 27-24 victory over Oakland on
Sunday, called to remind the Chiefs that offering performance
bonuses that are not included in contracts is a no-no.
"We'll have to wait until after the season to share a glass of
wine at my house," Vermeil said. "I just can hardly believe it."
Assistant general manager Denny Thum, who spoke with league
officials on the matter, said there would be no fine or
"They questioned what took place and we told them what took
place," Thum told The Associated Press. "They made us aware there
is a prohibition against that, and that's where we left it."
Vermeil and Andersen, both wine connoisseurs, were laughing
about the offer following Andersen's 35-yard field goal that lifted
the Chiefs to the win.
"Vermeil bribed me with a bottle of wine," Andersen said.
It was the 500th regular-season kick for Andersen, and the 31st
game-winner of his career.
"You know what I told him?" Vermeil said. "I said,'You make
this kick and you've got one of my Bryant Family Vineyards and
they're impossible to get.' So now I owe him a Bryant Family
A bottle of Bryant Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is priced
"What they're trying to prevent is the big thing," Thum said.
"There have been questions in the past about such things as car
dealerships and percentages of the franchise. You can have (such
offers) but they have to be written into the contract and counted
against the salary cap."