The Transition Rules developed by the NFL and approved by the NFLPA say nothing about whether the negotiations with free agents may include visits, either to the team facility or elsewhere. Some, such as agent David Canter, believe that no visits may be taken to teams until 6:00 p.m. ET, the start of the official signing period.
But that isn’t (for now) stopping the Giants from planning to meet with free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress. We’ve confirmed the reports that Burress and the Giants intend to get together today, even though confirmation really wasn’t necessary since Burress told it directly to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News points out that some interpret the rules to mean that meetings may occur away from the team’s facility. On Tuesday, for example, the Panthers took a large delegation to Miami to meet with defensive end Charles Johnson. Though Johnson was a member of the Panthers in 2010, he can’t re-sign with the Panthers until 6:00 p.m. ET Friday, either.
We’re still awaiting official word from the league office on this point, which seems to be the first example of something that fell in the cracks during the hectic final days of the lockout. We’ve got a feeling that the league will let the Giants meet with Burress, given that co-owner John Mara played such an instrumental role in getting the new labor deal done.