We always assumed that getting playbooks to players wouldn’t be a huge problem for teams this offseason, whether it was legal or not.
When the lockout kinda-sorta ended for a day in April and teams were able to distribute playbooks, we really assumed it wouldn’t be a problem. Once a few players had them, it should have been easy enough to get them distributed. (Plus how would anyone know who got them that day or later?)
Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com reports that at least one AFC team has been “very aggressively” sending playbooks to their players recently.
It meshes with the report from CBSSports.com that coaches and players are communicating a lot more regularly than allowed by lockout rules. The league ultimately found no wrongdoing.
The only question is whether the league cares enough to look deeply into the matter. Our guess is no; there are far more pressing issues for the NFL to worry about at the moment.