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Teams can meet in person only with their own free agents

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There’s been a great deal of confusion among fans, the media and even inside NFL front offices about what exactly the rules are regarding NFL teams’ contact with free agents before full-blown free agency starts on Friday. So we’ve reached out to the league for clarification.

The league office has informed PFT that teams can visit with their own free agents right now, but not with free agents who didn’t play for them in 2010.

That means there is, in fact, a benefit for current teams who want to keep their own free agents: There isn’t the exclusive window for teams wanting to sign their own players that had been discussed during the negotiations to end the lockout, but teams do have the exclusive ability to meet with their own free agents face to face. If you’re trying to sign a free agent from another team, you can’t do it in person.

So the only face-to-face meetings between free agents and NFL teams that can happen today and tomorrow are the ones involving free agents meeting with the teams that employed them in 2010.

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10 Responses to “Teams can meet in person only with their own free agents”
  1. champgiff says: Jul 27, 2011 11:27 AM

    Would Skype be considered “face-to-face?”

  2. dohpey28 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:27 AM

    Saw that the Giant’s aren’t allowed to meet with Plax… well isn’t he technically their own FA?

  3. bleedgreen says: Jul 27, 2011 11:28 AM

    But Plax isn’t another team’s free agent. He was released by the Giants before prison and now he’s a straight up free agent.

  4. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    Who makes these stupid rules?

    It’s 2011, not 1911. Most “meetings” take place on conference calls or skype or any number of online meeting services anyway.

    Any “advantage” to being able to meet in person is extremely marginal at best.

    The only thing a rule like that tells you is the age of the person who came up with it.

  5. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    See? I said in that other post Hurney wouldn’t do anything underhanded.

  6. gtmann says: Jul 27, 2011 11:38 AM

    That seems like kind of a dumb rule. What difference does it make weather it is over the phone or face to face?

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 27, 2011 11:55 AM

    For all the people who are calling this rule archaic:

    It’s hard to wine and dine somebody over the phone. Nothing says, “We want you” like a $500 dinner of steak and lobster and overpriced spirits.

  8. sgtr0c says: Jul 27, 2011 12:12 PM

    Ok, Ok, the offical response. But wait, the Rams claim that Q Mickal (Safety, Eagle 2010) has signed a four year deal with them. Maybe this was an over-zealous reporter writing a story, maybe it won;t be offical til Friday, but why isn;t every team doing the same thing. The Rams will not be disciplined, just told to wait til Friday. So again, why isn;t every team working out deals for players this early? The Giants tried and were told no, not yet, and the last team Plax played for was the Giants. Something about it doesn;t seem right.

  9. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 12:12 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:55 AM
    For all the people who are calling this rule archaic:

    It’s hard to wine and dine somebody over the phone. Nothing says, “We want you” like a $500 dinner of steak and lobster and overpriced spirits.
    =========================

    Nothing says we want you like:

    “How does a 30 million dollar signing bonus sound, Nnamdi?”

    “Come on out Friday, and we’ll have steak and lobster and overpriced spirits while we hand you a giant check.”

  10. fivefivenine says: Jul 27, 2011 12:15 PM

    “Teams can meet in person only with their own free agents”

    “… teams can visit with their own free agents right now, but not with free agents who didn’t play for them in 2010.”

    “… teams do have the exclusive ability to meet with their own free agents face to face. If you’re trying to sign a free agent from another team, you can’t do it in person.”

    “So the only face-to-face meetings between free agents and NFL teams that can happen today and tomorrow are the ones involving free agents meeting with the teams that employed them in 2010.”

    Thanks for clearing that up, MDS.

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