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Tampering season already is in full swing

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After years of tampering with looming free agents, the NFL launched a three-day tampering window that opens the Saturday before the launch of free agency.

It hasn’t done anything to reduce the amount of tampering that happens before the window opens.

Per multiple league sources, tampering season already has reached full swing as the league descends on Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine.  That’s where every agent will be talking to and meeting with teams about guys about to become free agents, with the league not even bothering to try to catch anyone.

As a result, players evaluating offers from their current teams will know what other teams will pay before rejecting that final offer and hitting the market.  That’s the way it’s been for years, and the league only takes action when the tampering becomes blatant and/or reckless.

Regardless, it’s pervasive.  The seeds currently are being planted for the deals that we’ll hear about on March 11, once the market officially opens and players start changing teams.

And anyone who complains that they were the victims of tampering will have a hard time saying they weren’t doing a little tampering of their own.  Or a lot.

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24 Responses to “Tampering season already is in full swing”
  1. rabidboy says: Feb 18, 2014 11:36 PM

    “Per multiple league sources, tampering season already has reached full swing as the league descends on Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine.”

    Okay…who?

  2. ultrawolf123 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:38 PM

    I dont know what you are talking about it is always Tampering Season.
    —-Jerry Jones

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:42 PM

    Free agency should start the day after the Super Bowl. Why wait?

  4. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 18, 2014 11:43 PM

    I guess this is when Goodell comes down and picks a random team to punish for something everyone does…

  5. si1m says: Feb 18, 2014 11:49 PM

    it only helps the bad and dumb teams that overpay on Day 1-3 of FA but im sure the NFL secretly like its because it makes for a great 3 days of crazy headlines until FA dies down in what is otherwise a boring time of year for the NFL with the draft so far out still.

  6. chawk12thman says: Feb 19, 2014 12:19 AM

    Okay Seahawks…..get after it……….Go Hawks!

  7. uglydingo says: Feb 19, 2014 12:21 AM

    For Roger Goodell’s salary plus bonus of $44M you get protection of the shield. Now you want enforcement of anti-tampering too?

  8. denver1983 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:24 AM

    Jones-Drew and Hakeem Knicks to Denver

  9. calibear831 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:26 AM

    I hope the Raiders are talking to Anquan boldin’s agent!!

  10. softhelmet says: Feb 19, 2014 12:36 AM

    Someone should tell the agents! I’m sure they wouldn’t engage in this type of behavior if a moral soul told them they shouldn’t. After all, they need to worry about their reputations.

  11. FinFan68 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:53 AM

    Either enforce the rule or eliminate it. Selective enforcement causes thoughts of conspiracy or favoritism. If this rule can be broken then what other rules are just for show?

  12. meatcarroll says: Feb 19, 2014 12:54 AM

    No amount of tampering can stop the Seattle Seahawks from surging to their second consecutive Super Bowl blowout.

  13. lostsok says: Feb 19, 2014 2:26 AM

    And the word of the day is “heresay.”

  14. smcgaels1997 says: Feb 19, 2014 3:10 AM

    Love how everyone talks about it but it’s rare they get punished..except SF and Briggs when the league decided they tampered when they called his agent..the same agent who represented Gore. Why even have the rule when they rarely enforce

  15. JackedUpSports says: Feb 19, 2014 5:31 AM

    if you’re not cheating you’re not trying. just ask bill belichick

  16. phinfan says: Feb 19, 2014 6:04 AM

    Just like the jim harbaugh / Jon Martin tampering

  17. fballguy says: Feb 19, 2014 7:14 AM

    Just allow it once the combine starts. It’s never going to change.

  18. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 19, 2014 7:55 AM

    Tampering, it sounds sooo nefarious: The Ravens are in the pharmacy again, tampering with Tylenol packaging, the Browns are under my car, tampering with my breaks, I found Sharper and Roethlisberger tampering with my little sister.

  19. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 19, 2014 8:24 AM

    With all the free agents contacting Seattle they’d better be careful.

  20. r8rsfan says: Feb 19, 2014 9:13 AM

    How do you police a rule against talking? Would bet it goes on all the time, not only at the combine.

  21. kwjsb says: Feb 19, 2014 9:56 AM

    It’s only cheating if you get caught…….

  22. sdchicken says: Feb 19, 2014 10:00 AM

    They penalize who they want. Just like the uncapped year salary cap penalties for the skins and cowboys. I still don’t understand how you get penalized for contracts in an uncapped year. I don’t even care for either of those teams, but that is collusion at its finest.

  23. negativten says: Feb 19, 2014 10:08 AM

    Tampering season,beats the NBA season hands down

  24. sharks123 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:57 AM

    The league has it’s guy ask Harbaugh about Martin and some think that’s tampering? Say what

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