NFL Lockout: Several Agents Say Teams Contacting Them About Free Agents
Proof of Contact Would Mean Tampering Charges
Because of the NFL lockout, contact with new NFL prospects ended as soon as the draft did. Contacting rookies to sign them as undrafted free agents is prohibited.
According to some agents, though, that has not stopped several NFL teams from trying to circumvent the rules and make contact with some of the more prized undrafted rookies.
Six NFL agents told Pro Football Weekly that teams contacted them in regard to their clients who weren't drafted. The agents spoke to the publication on the condition of anonymity.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Weekly that such contact between teams and agents for undrafted players during the lockout would be considered tampering.
With the NFL in a lockout, teams also are not allowed to talk with their players or drafted rookies.
There really is not much else to say on this topic other than the chances of anything coming of this are slim, and it is past time for the two sides to get back together at the bargaining table and make a deal.
Teams can try and get around the rules, but if you really break the situation down, what is the point?
If there is no season, these rookies will just languish and get joined by another class of rookies in 2012. That is when the real competition will begin.
Everyone hopes the lockout does not get to that point, but the players are adamant about not giving anything up and the owners are firm in their belief the players are asking for too much.
It would be nice to talk about the destinations of some undrafted free agents and prognosticate over who may be the breakout players of the class, but we will just have to wait to do that.
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