NFL reminds teams about tampering and trades

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At a time when rampant tampering is occurring regarding players who will become free agents on Wednesday, the league has distributed a memo to all teams reminding them of one specific aspect of the tampering rules.

PFT has obtained a memo sent to all teams on Friday regarding the procedures for granting players permission to shop themselves to a new team via trade. The memo emphasizes that permission must be secured in writing from the team currently employing the player.

“Under no circumstances should a new club rely upon any written or oral representation by a player or his agent that he has received permission to enter into discussions for a trade for contract,” the memo states. “Nor should a new club rely upon a letter from the employer club to the agent or player granting such permission since employer clubs typically reserve the right to withdraw permission at any time, and may have already done so. Permission must be received directly from the employer club.”

It’s unclear whether this was a routine reminder, or whether the memo arises from a specific incident that has occurred in recent weeks. If it’s the latter, don’t be shocked if someone gets disciplined for something that every team does, every year.

32 responses to “NFL reminds teams about tampering and trades

  1. Those in authority positions have to enforce the laws. Everyone doesn’t get caught, and it seems like punishment is random. Every driver sees the 65 MPH speed limit signs, yet everyone is going 75 MPH. One guy gets pulled over and gets a ticket. All the other drivers see that and slow down. The system works. The unlucky guy that got caught wasn’t happy, but everyone knows the law. Get caught breaking the law and you can get fined. Most of the time they get away with breaking the law. But we all agreed ahead of time that it’s best for everyone to have these laws. The NFL in no different. They just have a lot of fans that gripe when their team gets caught, so the commissioner has a lot of enemies. Cops and commissioners are not always the most popular guys among the law breakers. The rest of the people love them.

  2. I really do wonder if the NFL has noticed a) the volume of presumptive trades over the last few days or b) how excited the fans have been hearing about their team on the move. They should really lighten up.

  3. charliecharger says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    Those in authority positions have to enforce the laws. Everyone doesn’t get caught, and it seems like punishment is random. Every driver sees the 65 MPH speed limit signs, yet everyone is going 75 MPH. One guy gets pulled over and gets a ticket. All the other drivers see that and slow down. The system works. The unlucky guy that got caught wasn’t happy, but everyone knows the law. Get caught breaking the law and you can get fined. Most of the time they get away with breaking the law. But we all agreed ahead of time that it’s best for everyone to have these laws. The NFL in no different. They just have a lot of fans that gripe when their team gets caught, so the commissioner has a lot of enemies. Cops and commissioners are not always the most popular guys among the law breakers. The rest of the people love them.

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    claiming goodell’s abritrary and draconian approach “works”, is one of the dumbest things i have ever read

    ever

  4. Lets be honest the factions of the NFL cares about this but factions of it also want this to happen.

    Over the past 10 years the NFL became a year round sport.

    The NFL has made itself structured so that its the biggest sport even from Feb-Aug.

  5. I don’t know which is a bigger farce. The tampering rules or interviewing for new Head Coaches prior to the Superbowl.

  6. If it was the Pats(or the Boys) there would be no warning. Goodell would wait and then make a giant PR debacle just so he could ensnare them.

  7. When in doubt, take away draft picks from the Patriots, fine them, and then move along. Seems to be ok with 31 owners anyhow.

  8. askeddie11 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    It was the Patriots, I think a fine and draft picks are in order.

    Good to see we still have place in the heads of the haters…..

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    charliecharger says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    Those in authority positions have to enforce the laws. Everyone doesn’t get caught, and it seems like punishment is random. Every driver sees the 65 MPH speed limit signs, yet everyone is going 75 MPH. One guy gets pulled over and gets a ticket. All the other drivers see that and slow down. The system works. The unlucky guy that got caught wasn’t happy, but everyone knows the law. Get caught breaking the law and you can get fined. Most of the time they get away with breaking the law. But we all agreed ahead of time that it’s best for everyone to have these laws. The NFL in no different. They just have a lot of fans that gripe when their team gets caught, so the commissioner has a lot of enemies. Cops and commissioners are not always the most popular guys among the law breakers. The rest of the people love them.

    3 7 Rate This

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    claiming goodell’s abritrary and draconian approach “works”, is one of the dumbest things i have ever read

    ever

    25 14 Rate This

    Not understanding that Goodell is just the mouthpiece for the 32 collective owners is what gets me. Goodell doesn’t do anything that the majority of owners aren’t behind.

  10. Not understanding that Goodell is just the mouthpiece for the 32 collective owners is what gets me. Goodell doesn’t do anything that the majority of owners aren’t behind.

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    goodell willingly lies, cheats and steals money to be able to collect 40 mil per year

    this is like saying nazi officials were just following orders

    study the nuremberg trials, little millennial

    read a book and put down your fantasy roster

  11. Is that like how the NFL reminded teams to not ask questions about sexual orientation?

  12. charliecharger says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    Those in authority positions have to enforce the laws. Everyone doesn’t get caught, and it seems like punishment is random. Every driver sees the 65 MPH speed limit signs, yet everyone is going 75 MPH. One guy gets pulled over and gets a ticket. All the other drivers see that and slow down. The system works. The unlucky guy that got caught wasn’t happy, but everyone knows the law. Get caught breaking the law and you can get fined. Most of the time they get away with breaking the law. But we all agreed ahead of time that it’s best for everyone to have these laws. The NFL in no different. They just have a lot of fans that gripe when their team gets caught, so the commissioner has a lot of enemies. Cops and commissioners are not always the most popular guys among the law breakers. The rest of the people love them.

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    So we just wait until we see the Patriots are speeding and thats when we zap. Got it.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:22 claiming goodell’s abritrary and draconian approach “works”, is one of the dumbest things i have ever readpm

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    I’m sorry to hear your guy got caught cheating. Again.

  14. After Woody got a wrist slap £100k for tampering Revis away from the Pats with his public comments, the Jets staff were caught further tampering Revis to conclude details, but no further fine. And after completing the tamper snd signing Revis, Woody even ridiculously counter-claimed that Kraft’s publicly stated regret that he’d wished Revis had stayed amounted to Kraft trying to tampering Revis back. But even Fraudger couldn’t go thru with that one.

    Still, the Jets should have got a massive 2nd fine and then the spurious claim that falsely publicly disparaged another team was a critical 3rd integrity rules violation in just a week or two, and if it had been the Pats committing that trio, do you think the salty league would have ignored it?

  15. Just another NFL rule that has outlived it’s use. In communications, even email is now like a rock and a slate now days. If they are going to talk, they are going to talk.

  16. Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the complete hysteria surrounding the issue of tampering? You can’t tell me that all 32 teams haven’t been doing it for as long as the NFL was started.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Not understanding that Goodell is just the mouthpiece for the 32 collective owners is what gets me. Goodell doesn’t do anything that the majority of owners aren’t behind.

    0 0
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    goodell willingly lies, cheats and steals money to be able to collect 40 mil per year

    this is like saying nazi officials were just following orders

    study the nuremberg trials, little millennial

    read a book and put down your fantasy roster

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    The key difference here is that the owners would be the Allied forces in your Nuremberg comparison as well as the Nazi High Command. Goodell has plenty of autonomy, but his authority is derived from the people giving him the $40 million paycheck. Goodell is the owners’ hatchet man; they shrug their shoulders and put up their hands when things go south, but the owners pull the strings. People act like he’s hijacked the league and the owners are unable to stop him; all it takes is for 23 of them to say “you’re fired” and he’s gone. To your point he is complicit, but so are the owners who keep him on.

  18. I am deeply involved with an NFL franchise as an owner … I have already had contact with Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Todd Davis, Danny Amendola, and Josh Brown … Agents.

    Who am I?

  19. The key difference here is that the owners would be the Allied forces in your Nuremberg comparison as well as the Nazi High Command. Goodell has plenty of autonomy, but his authority is derived from the people giving him the $40 million paycheck. Goodell is the owners’ hatchet man; they shrug their shoulders and put up their hands when things go south, but the owners pull the strings. People act like he’s hijacked the league and the owners are unable to stop him; all it takes is for 23 of them to say “you’re fired” and he’s gone. To your point he is complicit, but so are the owners who keep him on.

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    the point is, they are all wrong, including goodell. he has knowingly lied, cheated and stolen money from people in the league, knowing it was unethical and immoral.

    there is no excuse for him just like there are no excuses for cheating owners

    he stays on because he is unethical like some owners who want to be able to pick up the phone and to tell him to cheat

    well documented at this point

  20. What’s funny is all of the “trades” and “deals” are being announced weeks before they are allowed to be executed. However the Browns trade for AJ McCarron 30 seconds after the trade deadline passes and that’s unacceptable.

  21. The Patriots are the prism by which most comments are written and through which most are seen. And the Jets got off easy with the tampering stuff – until they found out the hard way that Revis Island sank.

  22. dinozzo27 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    askeddie11 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    It was the Patriots, I think a fine and draft picks are in order.

    Good to see we still have place in the heads of the haters…..

    I see you struggle with sarcasm…and it appears to me that the only person with a “for rent” sign in their head is you…which is actually pretty typical of a NE fan; martyrdom syndrome has become stylish in Boston.

  23. How is it possible that we’ve known for 2 weeks that the guard from Carolina is going to be signed by Gettleman in New York?

    Some people don’t have to play by the rules. Nothing will happen to Beckham either.

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