In the end, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo's decision to use a walkie-talkie during a game cost $200,000 and 10 spots in the fourth-round of the draft.
The final value of the Giants' punishment for "Walkie-Talkie-Gate" became official on Friday as the NFL announced the compensatory picks in the 2017 NFL draft. The Giants already knew their fourth-round pick was being moved closer to the bottom of the round as part of their penalty. The league made it official, announcing what was once the 130th overall pick is now 140th overall.
And in theory that should put an end to one of McAdoo's biggest rookie mistakes, which occurred during his team's 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys in December. Early in the fourth quarter, the communication system went down and McAdoo was unable to communicate with the receiver in quarterback Eli Manning's helmet. At first, Manning and then receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. took turns running to the sidelines to get the play and bring it back to the huddle.
But at some point, someone on the sidelines handed McAdoo a walkie-talkie, so he used that. However, that was against league rules because the walkie-talkie wasn't controlled by NFL officials who are in charge of cutting off the communication system with 15 seconds left on the play clock.
The league announced in December that the Giants were fined $150,000, McAdoo was fined $50,000, and the team's fourth-round pick would be dropped in the draft order, possibly as many as 12 spots. In the end, it was only dropped 10 spots instead.