Proof That Tampering Is Evident In The NFL?

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 26, 2009

ASHBURN, VA - FEBRUARY 27:  Albert Haynesworth #92 and his mom Linda pose with his team jersey at a press conference after signing a 7-year contract worth approximately $100 million with the Washington Redskins on February 27, 2009 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

In a profootballtalk.com report last night, based on an interview with Adam Schein and Jim Miller of Serius NFL Radio, Albert Haynesworth said, “I could’ve made more money with Tampa Bay if I had really wanted to.” 

The interview then goes on to say, “They offered me a whole lot more, and even with their tax situation, it could have been 20 percent more.”

Later in the interview, Haynesworth also states that the New York Giants, the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos were also interested.

According to Haynesworth, the Redskins first called at 12:15 AM, and that the seven year, $100 million dollar contract was hammered out in one hour and 45 minutes.

Forget the fact that it normally takes days to work out a contract.

Forget the fact that there were a total of three other teams bidding on his services.

All those particulars. The guaranteed money, the duration down to the way the money is going to be paid out. And what about incentives?

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Would a good agent not even listen to counter offers? 

Especially if Tampa was going to pay $20 million dollars more?

If this interview does not at least make the NFL think about enforcing the tampering policy, then they should just remove the rule, and allow teams to negotiate from the end of the season.