'Tis the season to be tampering

NFL_jackson1_250.jpgWith the launch of the new league year less than 20 days away, it’s time for teams to start making their intentions known regarding players who currently are under contract with other teams.

Of course, it’s a blatant violation of the rules, but it occurs so commonly that the league has pondered the possibility of creating a period before the launch of free agency during which the presently illegal communications would be legallized.

Until then, teams will continue to tamper, and the league will continue generally to look the other way in order to avoid creating the impression that 30 or more teams routinely cheat in this regard.

The first official example for 2010 comes from Miami.  As noted in the Sunday morning one-liners, Barry Jackson of the Herald writes that the Dolphins have absorbed Cupid’s arrow in the ass regarding Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.

Jackson cites an unnamed “official” to whom the Dolphins privately declared their feelings for the fourth-year fifth-year receiver, who’ll be a restricted free agent.

But the NFL Anti-Tampering Policy expressly prohibits not only public but also private statements of interest in a player under contract with another team.  The problem, of course, is proving the violation.  Jackson won’t be disclosing his source absent the involvement of a waterboard (we’d blab for a Drake’s coffee cake), and even if Jackson spilled the beans the source would simply say that Jackson misunderstood him.

That’s why nothing ever happens when teams tamper — and that’s why some teams that previously didn’t tamper have decided that their failure to do so was creating a distinct strategic disadvantage.

19 responses to “'Tis the season to be tampering

  1. You either a) misread he story; or b) altered it to make it sound like tampering. All you have is a Dolphins official telling a reporter they “like Jackson.” There is no indication of contact between Jackson and the Dolphins, and thus, no tampering.

  2. The Queens let Favre know they wanted him if he could get out of his contract with the Packers in 2008, he even called and talked to them about it. Yet the NFL found “no proof” of tampering then; why should they find proof of tampering in something as simple as a public declaration of it?

  3. If there is proof that every team does it than by definition it cannot be cheating as cheating denotes not only a breaking of the rules but breaking the rules to get an unfair, unequal advantage. Now I don’t know if every team does it so I think it is still cheating, but I am just saying.

  4. @cnelson13 . . .
    any public or private expression of interest in a player under contract with another team is tampering, even if there is never a direction communication with the player.

  5. Sounds more like the season for Florio to be making up stories…
    Also I’m sure I remember another recent story where Florio encouraged tampering?
    Whichever way the wind blows eh…

  6. the only thing worse than having to read about favre every year is your obsession with tampering!stop it already we (the fans) don’t care and the league doesn’t care so stop torturing us by getting on your soapbox about it every year.

  7. “‘Tis the season to be tampering”
    More like “‘Tis the season for post after post by Mike Florio about any tiny incident that could possibly be considered as tampering.”

  8. Mmmh, tough choice for Jackson:
    Playing with Philip Rivers in a divison where any other team sucks or playing with Chad Henne (good, getting better, but no P. Rivers) in a division with at least two other competitive teams.
    He’s AFAIK the No. 1 receiver in SD??? Big Poohbar just trying to drive up the price?
    On the other hand, maybe Miami will pay 1 and 3 for him?

  9. @PackFanNChiTown
    I understand that watching Favre play for the Vikings was super frustrating for most Packers fans. I am pretty sure that Favre called Bevell, who he is old friends with and talks to regularly, to see if Bevell thought that he could still play. However, I don’t know that completely just like your claim is most likely made up. If you think about it, we ultimately did you a favor because if Favre had stayed retired you never would have received those draft picks from the Jets which in turn helped you draft Clay Matthews. It seems that you are reaching for more reasons to hate the Vikings/Favre.

  10. It’s a smokescreen, they know they have no chance at Jackson but are really hoping for Malcolm Floyd – to pair with Antonio Bryant whom they will signing at the open of FA. (end of prayer disguised as meaningful speculation)

  11. miami can sign jacksom and bryant….unless marino comes back, they ain’t goin no where….it’s simple…u need a qb…am i wrong???

  12. I understand that watching Favre play for the Vikings was super frustrating for most Packers fans. I am pretty sure that Favre called Bevell, who he is old friends with and talks to regularly, to see if Bevell thought that he could still play. However, I don’t know that completely just like your claim is most likely made up. If you think about it, we ultimately did you a favor because if Favre had stayed retired you never would have received those draft picks from the Jets which in turn helped you draft Clay Matthews. It seems that you are reaching for more reasons to hate the Vikings/Favre.
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    Yeah watching Favre suit up for the Queens did feel like a stab in the back to most fans, (read up on how Packer greats like Fuzzy Thurston handled the news), but I wasn’t talking about that, I was talking about the topic of tampering. Personally I’m glad we have Rodgers over Favre as now we have a franchise QB to last the next 10 years (hopefully). In modern NFL history that’s only happened once with SF. Favre found exactly what he wanted in Childress, a coach willing to compromise his credibility (“I promised TJ/Rosenfels they’d be able to compete for the starting job) and kiss Favre’s royal ass on National TV. That’s what pissed The Favre off about Thompson, he didn’t show the proper fealty to the Messiah… But enough of that, too much beating of the proverbial dead horse.
    Yes Favre talked to Bevell b/c they’re old buddies, yet use your common sense. Are you REALLY saying you believe that at no point during that conversation a “would I be welcome in MN if this falls through?” discussion didn’t take place?
    Not trying to do the “internet insult” crap but personally I think that’s being naive.

  13. @PackFanNChiTown
    You may say I am being naive but on the other hand I think are grasping at something that isn’t their and no one will ever know. That is what I am trying to say. Bevell has no final say over the roster so for Favre to ask him if he could come to Minnesota would make no sense. I am basing what I said on things I have read in the media. You are basing yours on hatred for Favre/Vikings and hearsay. In the end, this argument will go nowhere because their is no facts to base either claim. Calling me naive is hypocritical because you are being just as naive yourself. Overall, I think Favre and his agent would have known their was no chance of leaving the Fudge Packers that year and playing for the Vikings.

  14. Vikes:
    If you’re basing your conclusion on the media you ARE being naive.
    I’m not “grasping,” and I’m not basing anything on Favre/Viking hatred or heresay. I’m applying common sense. In 2008, how did Favre know the Vikings wanted him unless he had a conversation with someone there? Bevell not having the final say is meaningless, all he had to do was ask upper management about it and get an answer, which he did.
    Regardless the thread has passed so no use belaboring the point… 🙂

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