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Jets risk tampering violation by talking about interest in DeSean

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When it comes to talking about players under contract with other teams, the league’s rules are pretty clear:  Don’t do it.

That’s why it was surprising to hear Jets owner Woody Johnson admit that his team has interest in Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.

“We’re looking at a number of players, including DeSean,” Johnson said Sunday, also explaining that the Jets would be interested in Jackson only “at the right price” and that he would have to fit into the culture of the team’s locker room.

Johnson’s comments could be enough to result in a finding of tampering.  “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation,” the league’s tampering policy states.

The NFL rarely enforces its tampering rules, in part because it’s usually difficult if not impossible to prove a violation.  But the league sometimes acts when the violation is blatant and easily proven.

For any NFL team, the safest course is to never say anything at all about a player under contract with another team.  At a minimum, no team should ever admit having interest in a player under contract with another team, no matter how clear it may be that the other team no longer has interest in its own player.

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50 Responses to “Jets risk tampering violation by talking about interest in DeSean”
  1. hidden202 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:11 PM

    All the reports have said that the Eagles have initiated with other teams about trading for DeSean Jackson…

  2. gohometrolls says: Mar 23, 2014 10:14 PM

    Jeez for a billionaire this guy is such a dope thanks Johnson.

  3. raidersfourlife says: Mar 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    I think its most likely he goes too the Jets anyways, if not then probably back to the bay with Oakland.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 23, 2014 10:17 PM

    The Eagles should file a complaint and blame their entire mess on the Jets, get a pick, and then still trade DJ to the Jets for yet another pick.

  5. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 23, 2014 10:21 PM

    Not sure it is tampering as Philly is initiating the talks. There is no
    secret here.

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 23, 2014 10:27 PM

    The Chicago Bears are not interested

  7. ketch20too says: Mar 23, 2014 10:30 PM

    ” the Jets would be interested in Jackson only “at the right price” and that he would have to fit into the culture of the team’s locker room.”

    Well, seems to be selfish and dysfunctional….should fit right in.

  8. buffalodiehard says: Mar 23, 2014 10:32 PM

    “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to…the news media, is a violation.”

    I’m sure it IS tampering.

  9. I have Unknown Sources says: Mar 23, 2014 10:32 PM

    Why, he was traded to the 49’ers, two days ago.

    confirmed by at least 2 unnamed sources,and several tweets.

  10. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 23, 2014 10:32 PM

    the jets r the jets lolololol

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 23, 2014 10:33 PM

    Being a secret or not isn’t a condition within the rule. Besides, Mark Cuban can tell us all about the business value of what a “steal” is worth.

  12. citynative says: Mar 23, 2014 10:38 PM

    Just like the Jets tampered with Crabtree years ago.

  13. robert831 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:43 PM

    Better hurry up and trade that first round pick for Jackson before the league takes it for tampering! lol

  14. shatho1 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    well then the NFL will have to go after the 49ers and the Seahawks too even though the 49ers decided that they weren’t interested.

  15. coffeypc says: Mar 23, 2014 10:46 PM

    Take a draft pick. Blatant disregard for the rule. Sheesh.

  16. baller2189 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:46 PM

    Go jets geno is gonna prove all dem haters wrong this year…unless he loses his job to Michael Vick…lol

  17. chawk12thman says: Mar 23, 2014 10:47 PM

    Philly should back him up and put out a press release stating that they do not feel it is tampering……..that they think everyone is interested in their guy……..

  18. mzim2756 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    Woody is an idiot, would love to play poker with him. There is a big difference between the owners who built their own fortune vs. the ones who were born into wealth

  19. bigjd says: Mar 23, 2014 10:53 PM

    How are any teams suppose to make a trade if they can’t show any interest in a player?
    Well, we’ll trade for him, but we really don’t have any interest in him.

  20. backdapack4evr says: Mar 23, 2014 10:54 PM

    Scum of the earth>Viking trolls

  21. patsfan112 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:55 PM

    But I thought only the Patriots are cheaters, right Jests fans?

  22. buzzlightner says: Mar 23, 2014 11:16 PM

    why do u think the 49ers said publicly that they have had no contact or interest… it means nothing but to cover their own behinds from tampering.

  23. mzim2756 says: Mar 23, 2014 11:20 PM

    Because when the Patriots cheat they are giving themselves an advantage to win a game, when the Jets “cheat” it is just their idiot owner saying something stupid, but I guess where I see where you see it being similar, not

  24. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2014 11:36 PM

    If memory serves the “Perfect Season” Dolphins were docked a first round pick by the commissioner for tampering to get Don Shula

    If they hadn’t cheated to get Shula, the wouldn’t have had their 14-0 regular season or gone on to win the Super Bowl

    Better put an asterisk next to the ’72 Dolphins – ultimately they had to cheat to win

  25. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2014 11:41 PM

    Goodell is a former Jets employee

    They get special treatment. There will be no tampering charges filed.

  26. scw1993 says: Mar 23, 2014 11:52 PM

    Can you imagine if any other owner said the same thing? The hammer would come down. It’s tampering. Nothing will happen because it’s the jets, and guess where the flagship nfl office is, they won’t even get a slap on the wrist.

  27. hartdaddy says: Mar 24, 2014 12:17 AM

    It’s no secret they plan on trading or cutting the guy. Tampering only counts if a player is under an expiring contract & a team expresses interest in the player. Jackson has three years left on his contract. If they penalize Johnson for say what he said then you mighy as well penalize every coach, player & owner who’s ever said anything positive about a player & uttered the words ” I wouldn’t mind having him on my team” afterward.

  28. misterdreamer119 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:30 AM

    Raider nation is not interested.

  29. icdogg says: Mar 24, 2014 12:50 AM

    Of course it’s tampering. The rules are clear. Desean Jackson is still an Eagle, the Eagles have not, as far as we know, given permission to any teams to talk to him or about him. It does not matter that there are news reports saying that the Eagles are trying to trade him. Why would that matter?

  30. jetfan74 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:57 AM

    Maybe the NFL should cut the media off at the knees and stupidity like what Woody did wouldn’t happen. Nothing will happen because this story has been floating for too long already. All he did was put truth to the rumor unlike any of the lying cheating franchises out there. How often do we hear trade rumors w/ ZERO teams of interest? Thought so. At this point we all know Philly is shopping him so tampering is not an option. Go away Pats fans who like to project their narcissism on a franchise that plays within the integrity of the game. Remember we don’t videotape, manipulate the injury report, and surely don’t break the rules by pushing from behind on a FG attempt!!!! Thanks for playing though.

  31. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Mar 24, 2014 4:10 AM

    How are you supposed to make a trade if you can’t say you’re interested in someone?

  32. mungman69 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:25 AM

    DeSean will stay in Philly.

  33. lennymoorerules says: Mar 24, 2014 4:40 AM

    There seems to be a lack of common sense in New York let alone abiding by the rules.

  34. icdogg says: Mar 24, 2014 5:42 AM

    well then the NFL will have to go after the 49ers and the Seahawks too even though the 49ers decided that they weren’t interested.

    It’s not tampering unless someone from the team’s management or ownership are saying they are interested. Saying they are not interested would not be tampering. And if anyone else other than management/ownership says they’re interested, it’s not tampering.

  35. RexCanCoach says: Mar 24, 2014 6:34 AM

    Woody says and does whatever he wants and the Eagles are too stupid to pursue any remedies from the NFL anyway…

  36. fuzzytaint says: Mar 24, 2014 6:37 AM

    Woody Johnson !!

  37. 69finfan says: Mar 24, 2014 6:53 AM

    Punishment should be they have to resign Mark Sanchez.

  38. marcuswelby1 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:30 AM

    Drop the hammer on them!!!

  39. ravenswhat says: Mar 24, 2014 7:32 AM

    Woody doesn’t know better. He lives off his family empire and just coasts through life like a bumbling idiot.

  40. hehateme2 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:19 AM

    Typical from the jests front office. No clue….

  41. alewatcher says: Mar 24, 2014 8:36 AM

    mzim2756 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    Woody is an idiot, would love to play poker with him. There is a big difference between the owners who built their own fortune vs. the ones who were born into wealth


    Really? Then how do you explain Jerry Jones?

  42. oldbyrd says: Mar 24, 2014 8:39 AM

    I still say you take a run at the big ance and keep Jackson for another year. What weapons The Birds have with him.

  43. zimaman says: Mar 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    this is a question of stupidity not tampering

    everyone knows you cant say that as the player is under contract for another team

    everyone except Woodrow that is. “Woody” kinda funny same material his noggin is made out of.

  44. wrdtoyrmama says: Mar 24, 2014 9:20 AM

    If I was the Jets I’d take him in a heartbeat, especially if it only cost a 3rd rounder.

    Jets go from:
    Sanchez, Holmes/Hill/Kerley beginning of ’13


    Vick/Smith, DJax/Decker/Kerley at beginning of /14.

    At that point the Jets could be right back in for a TE in the 1st round and then they need a guard to finish off the offense.

  45. pftfan says: Mar 24, 2014 9:24 AM

    For the NFL to do anything related to tampering, the Eagles would have to file a grievance with the league.

    Being that the Eagles are actively pursuing a trade with the Jets, they would have to be stupid in order to do that.

  46. ShimSham says: Mar 24, 2014 9:33 AM

    The NFL will almost never enforce this rule even when the victimized team actually does push for it. For example, despite clear admissions and the obvious truth, the NFL never pursued actions against the Vikings when Favre was still under contract with the Packers, and that was with Green Bay filing the grievance.

  47. steves11 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:59 AM

    The Eagles could trade Jackson to the Jets for Mike Vick. That way they would get rid of Jackson and solve their backup QB dilemma 🙂

  48. r8rsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    the Jets would be interested in Jackson only “at the right price”
    That’s where the story ends because MeSean is all about the cash and will annually hold his team hostage demanding a new contract.

  49. axespray says: Mar 24, 2014 12:31 PM

    If Brad Childress and Daren “Bevual” can get away with flirting with Brett Favre during the 08 off season when he was still under contract, then who cares about tampering, cause Goodell doesn’t.

  50. xinellum says: Mar 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    I thnk it more depends on what the team who has the contract on the players feels about the contact. In the case of Jackson, the Eagles, who short of buying a full page ad in the NY Times, has been trying to sell Jackson like a hot iPhone and doesn’t care who or who doesn’t say they are interested. All they care about is getting the word out. They have done that.

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