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THE QUESTION

Should the NFL Increase Penalties for Tampering?

With top free agents like Albert Haynesworth recruited by a bevy of prospective teams before the market opens, does the NFL need to do more to restrain pre-free agency tampering?

Posted by Cameron Smith on May 26, 2009 7:48 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Look Out for Buffalo

Right now the Bills should be comforted with the knowledge Owens has made the playoffs with each of his three previous teams and they could be the fourth.

Posted by Gene Wang, on May 29, 2009 8:44 AM

Fix the Rules

Instead of becoming more punitive, the league would do better to amend its rules to allow teams to pursue players about to become free agents as soon as the offseason begins.

Posted by Gene Wang, on May 26, 2009 1:43 PM

Crime, Penalties Stupid

I guess the reason why tampering is such a problem is because it starts a slippery slope. If it's ok the day before, then what stops it from being ok a week before, or a month before, or during the third Sunday of October. I don't get it.

Posted by Dan Steinberg, on May 26, 2009 12:23 PM

Tampering Impossible to Stop

Theoretically, the NFL should stop teams from tampering with players under contract with other clubs. In reality, however, without full disclosure of the conversations held, the league is going to have a difficult time proving when tampering actually occurs.

Posted by Rob Rang, on May 26, 2009 11:26 AM

Follow the NBA Role

For once, the NFL actually could learn something from another American professional sports league. And only the NBA has taken appropriately harsh measures to eliminate tampering from free agency.

Posted by Cameron Smith, on May 26, 2009 11:25 AM

Time to Change the Rules

f you have a seven-day window that gives every team an equal shot at the best and most desirable free agents, and a team tries to sneak in a day early, that team should get the same kind of fine/draft loss the Patriots received for the Spygate scandal.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on May 26, 2009 10:58 AM

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