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Titans Continue To Play Word Games With The Redskins And Tampering

The Tennessee Titans want justice.
They just don’t want to ask for it.
That’s the import of Terry McCormick’s latest Nashville City Paper story regarding the NFL’s investigation as to whether the Redskins tampered with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who signed a $100 million contract with Washington roughly five hours into free agency.
Per McCormick, the Titans have not actually filed a complaint against the ‘Skins.
Though NFL spokesman Greg Aiello previously has said (and reiterated to us today) that a formal complaint is not required to trigger the league’s involvement, the Titans surely did or said something to prompt the league to begin looking for proof of conduct in which most if not all teams engage at one time or another.
As reported last month by Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans asked the league to explore the matter.
So why won’t the Titans simply call it what it is?  Our guess is that the Titans are pondering very carefully the question of whether they are without sin, now that the first stone already is in the air.

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8 Responses to “Titans Continue To Play Word Games With The Redskins And Tampering”
  1. titans_fan says: May 28, 2009 8:16 PM

    He wasn’t staying, this is a waste of time. They should ditch the rule because all it does is put the teams that play by the rules at a disadvantage.

  2. dEV says: May 28, 2009 8:43 PM

    I’d be curious to see some statistics on which teams have the most 12:01am signings. Is there a pattern of certain teams regularly picking up free agents as soon as the starting gun goes off?
    For that matter, I’d like to see similar statistics in regards to agents. Are there specific agents with a substantial track record of getting their newly-minted free agents signed before the dawn’s early light?

  3. cramjones says: May 28, 2009 9:02 PM

    So are the Titans tampering with the tampering rule?

  4. VYElectrify says: May 28, 2009 9:10 PM

    Yeah, when was the last time we had a signing the day free agency started, let alone at 12:01? This year, our earliest signing was Nate Washington 4 days in, and in 2008 our earliest signing was Alge Crumpler 4 or 5 days in.

  5. WorstSeat says: May 29, 2009 8:06 AM

    So do we not believe that other teams were in the running for Haynesworth? The Skins were bidding against someone; were they both tampering? So why are the Skins in this alone (ob other than signing him. I’m arguing this is so common that if you don’t [nearly] tamper, you lose out).

  6. isonic says: May 29, 2009 9:09 AM

    I agree with the WorstSeat. I believe the Bucs and Giants were bidding for Haynesworth too. Shouldn’t they be part of the investigation? Just because the Skins won the bidding doesn’t make them anymore guilty than the other suitors!

  7. clint taurus says: May 29, 2009 11:26 AM

    “So why won’t the Titans simply call it what it is? Our guess is that the Titans are pondering very carefully the question of whether they are without sin, now that the first stone already is in the air.”
    that’s a bit of a reach…
    given the Titans’ laidback approach to free agency, they are probably the least likely team in the league to tamper…and its not their job to play police; they’ve asked the NFL to look into it, and that’s where they are leaving it…if the NFL doesn’t think its worth pursuing, the TItans will likely leave it alone…
    nothing very cryptic about that…

  8. Pea Tear Griffin says: May 29, 2009 11:32 AM

    Tread wisely Tennessee, tread wisely. This could blow up in your face.

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