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Multiple Redskins visits to Griffin are permitted by the rules

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The fact that the Redskins reportedly will visit twice per week with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has raised questions regarding the limits of the interaction with potential draft picks.  But as Albert Breer of NFL Network explains it, the Redskins may visit with a draft prospect on campus on multiple occasions.

There is no issue,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Breer.  “College-eligible players can be timed, tested and interviewed in their hometown or college town.  And it can be done on more than one occasion.  It is standard procedure.  All clubs do it.”

Far stricter limits apply to visits to team headquarters.  A player can go there once, with up to 30 total players visiting, apart from the one day each year on which teams may host an unlimited number of prospects with local ties.

At a certain point, however, the NFL could intervene.  At a certain point, the Redskins also would have to worry that always-unpredictable Colts owner Jim Irsay would decide to pick Griffin over Andrew Luck, even if Griffin wants to go to the Redskins.

“It wouldn’t scare him off,” former Colts coach Tony Dungy told PFT Live on Friday regarding Irsay’s willingness to take Griffin, even if Griffin prefer to play in Washington.

It was Irsay and the Colts, after all, who threw everyone a curve ball in 1999, making Edgerrin James the first running back off the board in the year that everyone assumed Ricky Williams would be the top tailback.  Still, if Irsay takes anyone other than Luck, that would be a shock.

Almost as big a shock as if, say, someone had told us last year at this time that Irsay would cut Peyton Manning.

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59 Responses to “Multiple Redskins visits to Griffin are permitted by the rules”
  1. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Apr 6, 2012 9:48 PM

    Well front loading contracts in the uncapped year was not against the rules….I’m sure Roger GODdell will take a future first rounder…..or RGIII’s first natural born son.

  2. klee0384 says: Apr 6, 2012 9:51 PM

    So if the Colts takes Griffin, the Skins will get Luck? When did that become a negative?

  3. jpeyster says: Apr 6, 2012 9:53 PM

    If the Colts draft Griffin (which they won’t), then so what? So Kyle Shannahan wasted some money on plane tickets to Waco? And the Colts have a player with a knowledge of the Redskins’ playbook that is significantly less comprenehsive than the knowledge every free agent switching teams has of their former team? Besides the Colts don’t even play the Redskins this year, except in the preseason.

    It’s essentially a no-risk proposition for Washington. And if the league steps in, then they’ll stop. But why would the league do that? I know the NFL is not above slamming the Redskins for violating a non-existent rule, but what principle supports them limiting the number of interactions between a team and a prospect? Who is it hurting?

  4. nemesder says: Apr 6, 2012 9:55 PM

    He should get out there with Garcon Morgan and Fred Davis get all the timing down

  5. doresb21 says: Apr 6, 2012 9:56 PM

    Nobody cares about RG Leaf

  6. clw1906 says: Apr 6, 2012 9:59 PM

    Take RGIII and the Redskins get Luck so no matter it’s still a win win situation.

  7. xviixxiixxvi says: Apr 6, 2012 9:59 PM

    Why is this a big deal? If a coach and player want to put in extra work while staying within the rules, who cares? Creativity and dedication is a pretty good recipe for success. Anyone who opposes this is most likely jealous of the opportunity to do extra work.

  8. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 6, 2012 10:02 PM

    So where the you created a story, there is NO STORY…..And at the end of the story that isn’t a story, you’re trying to create a scenario where maybe you can create a story that can come out of the non-story story….So there’s a story…..

  9. clw1906 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:06 PM

    doresb21 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 9:56 PM
    Nobody cares about RG Leaf

     Good one DoASSCLOWNb21 ur such a hoot.

  10. Mike Borio says: Apr 6, 2012 10:06 PM

    The Colts didn’t just cut Peyton Manning. They cut Peyton Manning before they cut Curtis Painter.

    sounds much worse now.

  11. mantastic54 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:07 PM

    It would be funny if Washington is scheduling these visits in an effort to dupe Indy in to picking griffin so luck falls to #2

  12. lakermetskins says: Apr 6, 2012 10:08 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Shanahans rented office space in Waco equiped with a luxurious command center and moved there until the draft. These guys are all over RG3′s gonads. I’ve never seen anything like it. We are truely desperate for a winner and RG3 is our Tebow-but with skills.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:10 PM

    Redskins are trying to get the kid to throw privately for them. But the kid is a coward and won’t. The Redskins are beginning to panic and are wondering if they’re about to get taken. Poor Redskins. When they find out it will be too late.

  14. wdcskins says: Apr 6, 2012 10:15 PM

    D@mn straight, there’s no issue. Just like there was no issue with the 2011 contracts the NFL approved and then punished the ‘Skins for, in 2012. Back the F up, you’re about see the surprise team of 2012, and the NFC Champ of 2013.

  15. footballfanman says: Apr 6, 2012 10:15 PM

    whats the point of calling RG3 RG Leaf? Because there was once two QB’s selected with the first two picks in the draft? So every time two QB’s are selected first one of them is guaranteed to be a Leaf type player? Oh wait, I know what it is, you’re mad because your team didn’t get RG3. Ha!

  16. fvckyourmother says: Apr 6, 2012 10:27 PM

    F it, this offense needs all the help it can get. If I see fat @ss Grossman step on to the field on more time starting a game I am going to slit my wrists, gouge my left eyeball out with a rusty herion spoon, and commit sepuku on the 50 yard line of Fed Ex field while screaming “At least the Cowboys suck too”.

  17. majbobby says: Apr 6, 2012 10:34 PM

    So thanks for telling is 98% of fans that sale easy knew this was OK and it was a non story that it in fact was a non story. Fail and may Tebow have Mercy on your Soul.

  18. thunderskins007 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:37 PM

    well GODdel and mara took cap space when the skins broke no rule and since we dont have a draft pick worth a crap this year to take maybe they will grant Prima Nocta. on another note why is it anything regarding peyton manning or the colts, tony dungy has to put his 2 cents worth in? is it just me or does dungy look like the cryptkeeper? just an observation.

  19. mdc21787 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:39 PM

    Sounds like Griff has been talkin with an agent. Sounds like he’s making a statement via action rather than talking (which you’ve got to respect). By saying “No” to private workouts and “Yes” to private meetings with ONE team, RG3 could be indicating that he not only wants to be in DC but that he is also ready to get to work.

    Say what you will about the only team I’ve ever known to love, but this is another good omen of late. Eager to see if the coaching staff has been hearing the criticism and how they respond now that they’ve got the final piece to the puzzle (of core young guys).

  20. andreaallennyc says: Apr 6, 2012 10:41 PM

    Only story is that the Redskins seem to be treating RGIII with a lot more respect than the Colts are showing Andrew Luck. Wish all the game playing would stop (Irsay stuff). Both these young men deserve for the drama to end.

  21. Deb says: Apr 6, 2012 10:46 PM

    But tell the truth, Mike: After the unprecedented pre-draft prepping the Redskins have given RGIII, wouldn’t you just love it if the Colts took Griffin out from under them? Think how much fun you’d have writing the articles. Oh sure, Shanahan would get Luck and all’s well in the end. But it would prove again that teams shouldn’t count their chickens–or share their playbooks–in advance.

  22. mikeyhigs says: Apr 6, 2012 11:07 PM

    Why can a player only visit team headquarters once? And why can a team only bring in 30 players? These seem like antiquated rules and the Redskins seem to be using loopholes to get what they want. Either allow multiple visits or don’t.

  23. skin94249 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:11 PM

    That’s right if RGIII didn’t think it was a fit he wouldn’t let Kyle waste his time Donovan. Kyle we have your and Mike’s back. Be about your work !!!!! Bring him home on the 26th.

  24. themonster49 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:26 PM

    I have a question, well a couple.

    Is he going to be “timed” on how fast he can learn the real Redskins offensive playbook the team gave him?

    Is he going to be “tested” on how well he understands the real Redskins offensive playbook the team gave him?

    Is he going to then be “interviewed” again after learning the real Redskins offnensive playbook the team gave him?

    I didnt think so. So what are the Redskins doing visiting him twice a week?

    Sounds to me like either someone asked the NFL the wrong question, or they fed us some Grade A Bologna!

  25. phishfan520 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:28 PM

    Look for you slow people:
    Andrew Luck college accuracy rating: 71.3
    RGIII college accuracy rating: 76.4

    Pay attention, there is an edge there…

    Whoever puts their defense together first wins a lombardi, plain and simple. And when that pocket breaks down, like it did a lot when stanford played in Eugene last year, all you doubters in Indy will pray Luck has RGIII’s ability to escape and extend plays.

  26. mattw70 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:29 PM

    “Nobody cares about RG Leaf”

    But you click on a story about him and then post a comment.

    Not a very creative comment,but you tried.

  27. wickerskin says: Apr 6, 2012 11:35 PM

    As soon as the rest of the league realizes that the Redskins are trying to create a “competitive advantage,” they’ll ignore the fact that these visits are permitted by the letter of the rules, and punish the redskins for violating the spirit of the rules, whatever that is.

  28. winskins says: Apr 6, 2012 11:42 PM

    If Mara reads this, the Skins’ll lose draft picks for sure.

    This just stinks of unfair competitive advantage.

    Mara won’t be happy until the Shanahans are fired and Goodell finds a way to install a retired bingo caller as head coach.

  29. duncanthecat says: Apr 6, 2012 11:47 PM

    Doresb21

    Nobody cares about RG Leaf

    ————————————-

    Dude,

    Your always quick to respond to this site, and the same old comment is worthless. For us that like to enjoy the site a couple of times a day, and read some great post, please save your intelligence for work.

    In your spare time, please go shine your Chevy Volt– As the President of Audi recently commented about the Volt, “It’s a car for Idiots”.

    Please spare us.

  30. crussell75 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:50 PM

    I’m a Packers fan, and I find it so funny (and stupid) that people somehow think the Redskins have done anything wrong at all with their offseason. They have brilliantly put themselves in prime position to draft one of the 2 best prospects that college football has to offer in years. The only thing going on in D.C. right now is good solid team building, and sound reasoning. The NFL will lose their cap penalty case, and the Redskins will use the surplus money to acquire even more solid players. Hate them all you want for whatever reason, but this team is headed in the right direction. Unlike the Browns, Dolphins, and Jags, the Redskins constantly try to improve their team every offseason. They spend money, they recruit, and they are always trying to crawl out of their recently troubled past. I like this team, and people should see the writing on the wall: You can’t keep a destined team down for ever. The Skins are a storied franchise and it’s better for the league when they are good. Go get em Skins!

  31. pizzaguy5186 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:21 AM

    duncanthecat says:
    Apr 6, 2012 11:47 PM
    Doresb21

    Nobody cares about RG Leaf

    ————————————-

    Dude,

    Your always quick to respond to this site, and the same old comment is worthless. For us that like to enjoy the site a couple of times a day, and read some great post, please save your intelligence for work.

    In your spare time, please go shine your Chevy Volt– As the President of Audi recently commented about the Volt, “It’s a car for Idiots”.

    Please spare us.

    Diresb21 comments equate to the droppings of my lab which I pick up with a plastic bag. Who is your team exactly? Cowboys or eagles? As if it matters. Enjoy the era of RGIII. I know I will

    Agreed.

  32. footballfanman says: Apr 7, 2012 12:29 AM

    @ crussell75

    WORD. Thanks for the support. If RG3 pans out maybe we’ll some nice Packers/Redskins playoff games in the future.

  33. musicman495 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:36 AM

    mjkelly77 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:10 PM

    Redskins are trying to get the kid to throw privately for them. But the kid is a coward and won’t. The Redskins are beginning to panic and are wondering if they’re about to get taken. Poor Redskins. When they find out it will be too late.
    ———————————————–
    Ever thought of writing novels? You have a much greater talent for fiction than football analysis.

  34. patswhatsup says: Apr 7, 2012 12:56 AM

    mjkelly77 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:10 PM

    Redskins are trying to get the kid to throw privately for them. But the kid is a coward and won’t. The Redskins are beginning to panic and are wondering if they’re about to get taken. Poor Redskins. When they find out it will be too late.

    _______________________________

    Right…and RG3 hitting 49/50 passes at his pro day didn’t mean anything at all…..

  35. flskinsfan says: Apr 7, 2012 1:06 AM

    I don’t see what the big deal is, the colts have been doing the same same thing with Luck (as reported here on pft)

  36. toonloonboon says: Apr 7, 2012 1:24 AM

    phishfan520 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 11:28 PM
    Look for you slow people:
    Andrew Luck college accuracy rating: 71.3
    RGIII college accuracy rating: 76.4

    Pay attention, there is an edge there…

    ——-

    big deal, Baylor led the nation in screen passes attempted and completed. so rg3 completed a bunch of screens, whoopdeedoo

  37. burgundyngold21 says: Apr 7, 2012 2:52 AM

    crussell75 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:50 PM

    “I’m a Packers fan, and I find it so funny (and stupid) that people somehow think the Redskins have done anything wrong at all with their offseason. They have brilliantly put themselves in prime position to draft one of the 2 best prospects that college football has to offer in years. The only thing going on in D.C. right now is good solid team building, and sound reasoning. The NFL will lose their cap penalty case, and the Redskins will use the surplus money to acquire even more solid players. Hate them all you want for whatever reason, but this team is headed in the right direction. Unlike the Browns, Dolphins, and Jags, the Redskins constantly try to improve their team every offseason. They spend money, they recruit, and they are always trying to crawl out of their recently troubled past. I like this team, and people should see the writing on the wall: You can’t keep a destined team down for ever. The Skins are a storied franchise and it’s better for the league when they are good. Go get em Skins!”

    ———

    HAIL!!!!!!!!!!

  38. timegambit says: Apr 7, 2012 3:04 AM

    Well, who wouldn’t pass up the free ticket to…DC?

    Must be the government sponsored hookers. Top shelf!

  39. tigobitties says: Apr 7, 2012 3:21 AM

    Is it just me or is toilet paper expensive?

  40. soundslikehail says: Apr 7, 2012 3:22 AM

    Doresb21, every rg3 forum this guy gets on and writes the rg leaf comment. First of all, it ridiculous. But that’s what he wants you to say. He is no different than those kids that write the n word in comments on YouTube. Not to say that he is being racist, but that he is an absolute provocateur, not deserving of acknowledgement. Hey anon, why don’t you write something either original, or at least say why you think rg3 will be a bad qb

  41. cwitty63 says: Apr 7, 2012 3:26 AM

    It dose’nt matter who shanahan gets hes a terrible coach…John elway won in spite of his awful coaching,not because of it !

  42. dlr4skins says: Apr 7, 2012 4:24 AM

    majbobby says:Apr 6, 2012 10:34 PM

    So thanks for telling is 98% of fans that sale easy knew this was OK and it was a non story that it in fact was a non story. Fail and may Tebow have Mercy on your Soul.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    May the English language have mercy on your soul! WTF was that?

  43. philtvc65 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:23 AM

    Crussell75, thank you !! A sensible posting from a real football fan. As a Skins fan of 35 years I thank you for your comment. There are some very strange people on here that come up with rediculous unfounded comments. Parity in the league has taken the level down, not up, and only teams that draft well and spend money on FA’s are giving us some good football games to watch come play-off time. There are too many owners sitting on the cash they get from you and high revenue teams. You should be on here crticising your owners, not those of other teams that are at least trying to get better. The Skins have been in rebuild mode for 3 years now, and doing it mostly the right way, believe me, they are close to being very good, and soon.

  44. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 7, 2012 6:52 AM

    RG3 is an impressive kid, for sure. I hope he lives up to the hype. Media attention like this creates a lot of pressure. And the other important thing I hope the Skins do is take another o lineman or two in the 3rd and 4th to develop and keep improving that unit. That’s what’s going to help Griffin succeed.

  45. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 7, 2012 6:54 AM

    Will Irsay announce this on twit-ter?

  46. waltdawg says: Apr 7, 2012 6:54 AM

    As they should be! If a team wants to lever the idea that they will be drafting a player, they should be able to spend the time. RG3 will be great!

  47. burgandyandgoldfan says: Apr 7, 2012 8:13 AM

    >doresb21 says:
    Apr 6, 2012 9:56 PM
    Nobody cares about RG Leaf

    How many times does this clown plan on using his “RG Leaf” line?

  48. bigjd says: Apr 7, 2012 8:54 AM

    In two years Goodell will say it gave them an unfair advantage and take 30 million from their salary cap and give it to the other teams.

  49. pcoisma says: Apr 7, 2012 9:17 AM

    So it is the Redskins, Saints and the Cowboys that are now trying to Piss_Off Goodell with childish things. Let’s see how that works for you.

  50. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:22 AM

    They bent over and let the whole league bang em to be in position to draft Luck. It should be no guessing as to who the Colts are going to pick. It was evident all year they were tanking for Luck.

  51. andreaallennyc says: Apr 7, 2012 9:51 AM

    Apr 6, 2012 11:28 PM
    Look for you slow people:
    Andrew Luck college accuracy rating: 71.3
    RGIII college accuracy rating: 76.4

    Pay attention, there is an edge there…

    __________________

    Not really. You’re comparing apples and oranges. Due to the differences in offensive schemes and players, most of RGIIIs passes were to open receivers for long yardage. Luck was throwing pinpoint passes into double coverage for shorter yardage. RGIII is wonderful and any team should be thrilled to get him, but he’s not nearly as accurate as Luck in most situations. RGIII gets the ball to his receivers. Luck gets the ball into his recievers hands, in stride and leading them in the right direction away from the coverage.

  52. bucfaninil says: Apr 7, 2012 10:25 AM

    Lol at the Skins not caring which they draft. Also lol at being anything the next 3-4 years. They have suck WRs, yeah Meachem is a #3. And now you’re hampered not only in the draft but also Free Agency.

  53. bison4me says: Apr 7, 2012 11:02 AM

    bucfaninil says:
    Apr 7, 2012 10:25 AM
    Lol at the Skins not caring which they draft. Also lol at being anything the next 3-4 years. They have suck WRs, yeah Meachem is a #3. And now you’re hampered not only in the draft but also Free Agency.
    ========================
    What team are you talking about? Because the Skins do not have Meachem on their roster. The Skins have 7 picks this draft, and are still 8 million under the cap.

  54. andyb053 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    bucfaninil says:
    Apr 7, 2012 10:25 AM

    Lol at the Skins not caring which they draft. Also lol at being anything the next 3-4 years. They have suck WRs, yeah Meachem is a #3. And now you’re hampered not only in the draft but also Free Agency.
    __________________________________

    You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about, and you proved it by mentioning Meachem.

  55. dd29577 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    i love what the skins are trying to do and i hope we get an competitive edge by seeing play book early.. I think after the arbitrator hears our case we should get back part of our salary cap hit and sign london and can address our interior line and draft the best player available… tackle, db, ilb or guard and the Commissioner can kiss every redskin fans a$$

  56. dd29577 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:33 AM

    has anyone seen anything on the time line for the arbitrator hearing and ruling on case?

  57. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:07 PM

    crussell75 thank you. for your support of my beloved. Redskins. Go pack Go.!!!!!!

  58. orakpownd says: Apr 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    If this is not a message from Griffin saying “I want to be a Washington Redskin”…then I dont know what else the kid could do besides just come out and say ” Colts go kick rocks”

  59. Nicholas Tredway says: Apr 7, 2012 1:05 PM

    He already said he wanted to be drafted number one which means he would like to play for the Colts.

    I love the Skins fans that think RGIII is somehow choosing to play for the Redskins over the Colts.

    Get real!

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