Panthers deny in-draft deal with Tommy Stevens

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The Saints have outed the Panthers as having a deal in place to sign Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens, if Stevens went undrafted. The disclosure could land both teams in hot water.

The Panthers are doing their best to escape the boiling pot.

“We didn’t have a deal in place with the player,” Panthers spokesman Steve Drummond told PFT via text message. “We had conversations like every other team.”

Conversations during the draft with players who may not be drafted are permitted. Financial terms can’t be discussed, however. Although it happens all the time, the league emphasized this point in a pre-draft memo sent to all teams.

The Saints claim that they traded back into round seven in order to disrupt the deal that the Panthers struck with Stevens to sign a contract as an undrafted free agent.

The league has declined comment on the situation. At least one league source has predicted that both teams will be punished. The reality remains that every team talks numbers with potential undrafted free agents, during every draft. Like pre-free agency tampering or fudging injury reports, everyone does it — and very few get whacked for it.

13 responses to “Panthers deny in-draft deal with Tommy Stevens

  1. We caught you Patriots and Bill Belicek, we know you are to blame for any cheating.

  2. If the Panthers REALLY wanted the kid they should have drafted him in the 7th instead of CB Thomas-oliver….the SAINTS wanted him ,so they drafted him in the 7th. End of story.

  3. Where is the proof?

    First, its a UDFA/7th round pick, thats not a likely to succeed player.

    Second, if the Saints wanted to sign him as a UDFA but suspected he’d go elsewhere, they used a cheap 7th round pick, that a petty cost to a team.

    Third, If the Saints had real proof, then give it to the NFL for a thorough investigation (hahahahh). They can penalize the panthers, the Saints can’t.

    Fourth, this isn;t a player on the Saints its a no-name UDFA. Why are the Saints so bent out of shape? If you want him, use a 7th round pick.

  4. The rule needs to be adjusted. After the Draft begins, Teams should be able to discuss Potential UDFA terms with player agents with no “binding terms” allowed until end of draft. Verbal commitments are only as good as the next offer.

    One more suggestion; the new CBA should have required a minimum signing bonus for all UDFAs during the first two weeks after the draft ended. This $ minimum amount would help players who sign up for next to nothing, work all summer and cut in early fall. $30K should do it.

  5. There you have it. Here-say. Without proof, the league can’t do anything. And why, at a time when employees are without jobs and others are working for lower salaries, would the league spend resources playing detective over a seventh round pick?

  6. Hahahaha, hey, if a team doesn’t pick you, we’ll sign you. OMG I’m telling on you! The NFL and its archaic rules. So they told a guy if he can’t find work, they’ll hire him. Then the Saints signed Winston as well. So considering the QB depth charts for both teams, he’d probably have a better chance in Carolina.

  7. “We didn’t have a deal in place with the player,” Panthers spokesman Steve Drummond told PFT via text message. “We had conversations like every other team.”
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    This all likely comes down to “If you don’t get drafted we will give you (insert number of $$$). Is this a deal or no deal? Kind of grey…

  8. Wow.

    Goodell set to cheat and protect yet another team breaking the rules. If this was about NE, we all know what would happen.

    Enough.

    Get rid of Goodell.

  9. patsbrat says:

    May 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    “We didn’t have a deal in place with the player,” Panthers spokesman Steve Drummond told PFT via text message. “We had conversations like every other team.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This all likely comes down to “If you don’t get drafted we will give you (insert number of $$$). Is this a deal or no deal? Kind of grey…
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    Theres nothing grey about your situation because the issue isnt whether a deal was in place but whether financial terms were even talked about. In your scenario, if that happened its black and white and they would clearly be in the wrong.

  10. Wow. I didn’t think an organization could lie worse than the China Communist Party and Scientology. Good attempt to save your butt and from acknowledging being outsmarted by the Saints. It doesn’t matter since NFL will likely be cancelled this year. Teams can’t play and social distance at the same time.

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