Another By-Product of the Lockout…
Report: NFL teams tampering with undrafted free agents
PUBLISHED Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm EDT
LAST UPDATED 19 hours and 49 minutes ago
Staff report Sporting News
NFL teams are not allowed contact of any kind with players during the lockout, but a report in Pro Football Weekly could place several teams at risk for tampering violations if true.
Six unnamed NFL agents, according to PFW, said they had been approached by teams interested in undrafted free agents who were among their clients.
Six unnamed NFL agents, according to Pro Football Weekly, said they had been approached by teams interested in undrafted free agents who were among their clients. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello (pictured) said such inquiries are not permitted under current lockout conditions. (AP Photo)
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said such inquiries are not permitted under current lockout conditions.
The issue of tampering arose earlier this week when Tim Barnes, an undrafted center from Missouri, told the Columbia Tribune that he’d heard from the Bengals, Ravens and Dolphins following the draft.
Three agents told PFW they were contacted by personal cell phones from representatives of NFL teams, while two other agents claim teams called players directly.
“It was almost like a normal year in terms of contact, a little less (phone contact) than normal maybe, only without the signed contracts at the end,” one of the agents was quoted as saying.
Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said he was “puzzled by the report” and unaware of any official contact with Barnes after the draft.
“We would look into it if we had specific information,” Aiello told PFW.
Potential penalties for tampering include fines and the loss of future draft picks.