Bobby Slowik’s comments about Jimmy Garoppolo are textbook tampering

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The NFL whacked the Texans on Thursday for a fairly obvious salary-cap violation. The NFL also could smack Houston for a textbook breach of the tampering rules.

On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik acknowledged that the Texans are considering the possibility of signing 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“We have a process that we go through, Jimmy is obviously a part of that process,” Slowik said.

Every team tampers. Every single one. It usually doesn’t happen so blatantly.

And this is as blatant as it gets. Garoppolo remains under contract with the 49ers. Another team cannot publicly express interest in signing him.

The NFL is grossly inconsistent when it comes to enforcing the rules regarding tampering. In this case, it’s not a major violation; the 49ers clearly don’t want to re-sign Garoppolo, who is heading to the open market for the first time in his career.

Still, other teams that have been punished for tampering may be upset if the Texans get a pass. The Dolphins didn’t get a pass for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton last year; Miami lost a first-round pick. In 2016, the Chiefs lost a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick for speaking directly to Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin during the two-day window during which negotiation with agents are permitted.

“We appreciate the opportunity to make our appeal on this matter, and we acknowledge the minor reduction in fines imposed,” owner Clark Hunt said after an appeal upheld the draft-pick punishment but reduced the fine. “However, we continue to believe that the facts of this case combined with the league’s inconsistent enforcement of its tampering policies do not warrant the most severe penalty for player-related tampering in league history.”

If the NFL doesn’t punish the Texans for tampering with Garoppolo, Hunt’s point will be underscored. Even if tampering happens all the time (and it does), it rarely happens so clearly and obviously.

12 responses to “Bobby Slowik’s comments about Jimmy Garoppolo are textbook tampering

  1. If the Texans lose a pick for this, Where does it go? Do they give it to the 9ers?

  2. Seems kind of ticky-tack to me. Name a QB and the Texans should be interested in them. Would it have been much different if he had said “We’re evaluating all the QB’s that are going to be available?”.

  3. Exactly. How the hell is a player under contract with another team part of YOUR process?

  4. The implication here is that Jimmy G has not been granted permission to speak to other teams which seems doubtful. I would assume this is the same situation as the article posted not long before this one noting that “the Seahawks have been in contact with Wagner, who was granted permission from the Rams to speak with other teams”. Jimmy G was granted permission last summer to seek a trade. Why would it be any different now?

  5. No way the NFL is going to consider that statement to be tampering. It’s common knowledge that Jimmy G is going to be available. To say that he’s part of their process for looking at potential QBs is just a Captain Obvious claim.

  6. He wasn’t implying that they were talking to Jimmy G. right now. He was simply saying that Jimmy G is apart of their QC discussion process. Meaning, any quarterback prospects that become available whether they are Jimmy G, Lamar Jackson, Bryce Young, CJ Stroud or Aaron Rogers are apart of current in-house discussions. All teams do this. Nothing to prove or see here, just another ticky-tack accusation piggy backing on the league choosing to penalize the Texans for something that happened two years ago under different management during covid that most teams in the league are probably guilty of. Different choice of words by Slowik and this article doesn’t exist. The media loves to blow things out of proportion.

  7. When Kyle Shanahan said Jimmy G would not be part of the 49ers plan going forward tampering claims like this became moot. A reporter asked Slowik a question and he coach speak answered it. Nothing to see here.

  8. I didn‘t hear the exact statement, but if he just said Jimmy is part of the process and they haven’t talked to him, then what is the tampering exactly? There are thousands of Jimmys out there….

  9. when the 49ers have publicly declared that they “can’t see a scenario” where Jimmy returns, that seems like free license for other teams to speculate

  10. How in the world would that be considered tampering? They weren’t talking to Jimmy G, just about him. Every team in the league has likely had discussions about players that may become available.

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