'No Timetable' on Tampering Case
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote during an online chat with fans Wednesday that there is "no timetable" for the league to conclude its investigation of an allegation that the Washington Redskins had improper contact with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth before signing him as a free agent earlier this offseason.
"We treat all charges of tampering seriously," Goodell wrote on the NFL's website. "We explore it, we will do a thorough review and come to a conclusion as soon as possible. But there is no timetable."
The Redskins potentially could face the loss of draft picks if the league determines that they violated NFL rules during the Haynesworth negotiations.
Under league rules, a player eligible for free agency cannot negotiate with teams other than his most recent club until the free agent market officially opens. Haynesworth's previous team, the Tennessee Titans, reportedly submitted evidence to the league of a possible violation by the Redskins.
Goodell also was asked during Wednesday's chat about the possible reinstatement of Michael Vick.
Goodell wrote: "Once Michael has concluded his legal proceedings, I will sit with Michael, his representatives and other professionals to understand all the circumstances. This will include: Has he learned from his horrific mistakes? Is he prepared to conduct himself in a positive fashion? And as such, continue a professional football career? Before I make my decision, it will be up to Michael to demonstrate the genuineness of his remorse and how he plans to be a positive influence."
Vick is on indefinite suspension by the NFL as he serves a 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in Virginia. Vick, who remains under contract to the Atlanta Falcons, is scheduled to be released from prison in July.
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