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: February 19, 2007, 12:30:54 PM

http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR TAMPERING

The fourth NFL convention of the new calendar year convenes this week, as scouts and agents and college players descend on Indy for the combine.  But unlike the Senior Bowl and the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl, the combine has an important alternative purpose.

It's the place where the foundation is often laid for many of the free-agent deals that will be struck in early March.

Technically, teams are not allowed to speak to impending free agents (or their agents) until midnight on March 2.  So how are so many deals struck only minutes after the meat market opens?

The work is done now, through a series of conversations that never occurred regarding certain hypothetical players who might be interested in certain hypothetical teams.  Hypothetically.

Heck, some of it is even more blatant than that, with meetings between the agents and the team representatives occurring out in the open.

Make no mistake about it.  There will be tampering.  Most if not every team does it.  A league source told us several months ago that his team resisted it for years until it became obvious that the failure to do so was creating a competitive disadvantage, since everyone else was doing it.

It occurs because the NFL rarely if ever will slap someone's knuckles for it.  Part of the problem is that it's hard to prove.  But even when the evidence is fairly clear, as it was when Lawyer Milloy said that he had received an offer from the Redskins before the Patriots released him in 2003, nothing ever happens.

So it will continue.  And much of the action will take place in the coming week, which (in theory) is only about sizing up incoming rookies.




Parcell's didn't take the Bucs job because of what?

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#1 : February 19, 2007, 12:41:08 PM

cap situation stunk which means someone looked at de books.  oh bad.


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#2 : February 19, 2007, 12:44:29 PM

Keepon,

Only a suggestion, but if that came from PFT or some other source, as a matter of courtesy they should be given credit for the article.

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#3 : February 19, 2007, 12:51:08 PM

I'm with ya, didn't even think about it.
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