In addition to unanimously approving Jimmy Haslam as the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, NFL owners also approved a measure to create a three-day window prior to free agency to legally tamper with pending free agents.
As they say where I’m from, bless their hearts.
The league has always turned a mostly blind eye toward the reality of the situation, in which agents for free agents are talking to other teams as soon as the season ends — if not earlier.
The scouting combine is a de facto swap meet, with agents taking the temperature of general managers and vice versa. In fact, many personnel men regard the exchange of information in hotel lobbies and Indianapolis bars as important as the 40 times and heights and weights of prospects that are harvested there.
All the league is doing with this measure is legislating to a small degree what’s been going on to a large degree since the day free agency was born.
If it makes them feel better, then that’s just swell.
Because all their three-day window is really doing is creating the impression that the three-minute deals that are struck as soon as the free agent season opens are above board.