Tampering season starts with Mike Sims-Walker

According to one Florida writer, the Rams and Texans have already contacted prospective free agent wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker to signal their interest in him.

The only problem?  Sims-Walker isn’t a free agent yet and any contact with him or his agent clearly violates tampering rules.

Charlie Bernstein, who writes for FoxSportsFlorida.com and JagNation.com, passed along the info on Sims-Walker.  It sounds like the type of report that originates with a player or agent hoping to stir up interest.

In this case, the news may only stir up questions as to why St. Louis and Houston have spoken with Sims-Walker before they are allowed to.

18 responses to “Tampering season starts with Mike Sims-Walker

  1. Is there any football fan in the entire country outside of the writers on this site who give one tiny little piece of crap about tampering?

  2. Tampering aside, I think he might be a nice target for Mr Bradford.

    But as a Pats fan I’d like to see what he’s able to do with No. 12 throwing him the ball…

  3. realitypolice says:
    Mar 8, 2011 5:37 PM
    Is there any football fan in the entire country outside of the writers on this site who give one tiny little piece of crap about tampering?

    So where do you draw the line? It is a rule and it has to be enforced. The Patriots broke a rule and paid for it. Steroids are against the rules and players who are caught pay for it. It is harder to prove tampering, but it has been done in the past and the offending team usually looses a draft pick.

  4. While tampering may be in violation of league rules, you know this type of activity goes on more often than its reported. Teams will continue to push the envelope until their caught.

  5. It was only a matter of time before tampering charges started flying with the league and union dilly dallying around with the CBA extension(s).

  6. @jnbnet and kspec1982:

    I draw the line at stupid, unenforceable rules that make the league look stupid for even having them.

    Do you honestly think that players talking to ex-coaches doesn’t happen every single freakin day of the year?

    How would you feel if you worked for a company that told you who you could or couldn’t talk to?

    When you have stupid, unenforceable rules like this, the only people who wind up getting punished are guys like Westbrook, who could have lied and chose to tell the truth.

    We bitch and moan all day long that players, coaches and teams lie to the press, and yet when the tell the truth this is the thanks they get.

    To the 71 sanctimonious, super serious asses who voted thumb’s down to my post, get a life.

    Seriously.

  7. jnbnet says:
    Mar 8, 2011 5:54 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Mar 8, 2011 5:37 PM
    Is there any football fan in the entire country outside of the writers on this site who give one tiny little piece of crap about tampering?

    So where do you draw the line? It is a rule and it has to be enforced. The Patriots broke a rule and paid for it. Steroids are against the rules and players who are caught pay for it. It is harder to prove tampering, but it has been done in the past and the offending team usually looses a draft pick.

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    Im pretty sure there really is no line right now. reporting this is tampering is a little premature considering the current state of the NFL. Steroids are irrelevent here.

  8. I agree with realitypolice. If you’ve read this site long enough you’d be aware of the three favorite subjects

    1. Brett
    2. Tampering
    3. Bad Mouthing Mike Vick

  9. They may as well just give up on their pursuit because he’s taking his talents to South Beach so he can pair with his best bud Marsh.

  10. @zatko: Vikings better get on the ball.

    Yuck why? Harvin and Rice are both much much better than MSW. Even soon-to-be-cut Berrian is better than MSW.

  11. Which ever team takes him, get ready for inconsistency and injuries with a dash of immaturity. Mix well and then add the inability to seperate or go deep. Garnish with a cases of the dropsies. Enjoy!

  12. You can have opinions, both good and bad, about Ram’s General Manager Billy Devaney, but he is not stupid. Sure it happens, but I would be very surprised if Billy did “tamper” to the extent that the Rams went beyond the “limits”. As far as Sims-Walker, I think the Rams have enough injury-prone receivers.
    They won’t get Jones, but either the Baldwin or Hankerson kid will give them the tall, possession receiver who can go across the middle. Even then, they could avoid receivers competely and go for Plaxico Burress. It’s really up to our new offensive coordinator.

  13. beastofeden says:
    Mar 8, 2011 6:37 PM
    I agree with realitypolice. If you’ve read this site long enough you’d be aware of the three favorite subjects

    1. Brett
    2. Tampering
    3. Bad Mouthing Mike Vick

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    4. His brainless supporters mouthing Mike Vick.

  14. Are you sure he is not already a free agent? He was declared cut in the transaction section of NFL.com

    Where most free agents to be are waiting for their contract to expire.

  15. realitypolice – Thank-you! The first comment was the best comment. Who cares! If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

  16. realitypolice says:
    Mar 8, 2011 5:37 PM
    Is there any football fan in the entire country outside of the writers on this site who give one tiny little piece of crap about tampering?

    If you don’t care, why did you bother reading the article?

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