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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

Senior Analyst for and

Tampering Impossible to Stop


One of the worst kept secrets in sports is that pro teams "tamper" with impending free agents prior to their eligibility.

Whether it come in the typical way -- NFL coaches and executives talking directly to the player and/or his agent -- or more indirectly (such as players "recruiting" their Pro Bowl friends), tampering goes on all year round.

Attempting to regulate these conversations is largely futile. The can certainly league check the phone records of agents and players, as the NFL is doing with the Washington Redskins, free agent acquisition Albert Haynesworth and Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck. Buy considering the fact that Speck also represents current Redskins' receiver, Malcolm Kelly, the league may struggle to prove that Washington General Manager Vinny Cerrato and co. had conversations about Haynesworth prior to the opening bell of free agency. The fact that Haynesworth had agreed to biggest contract given to any defender in the history of the league just hours after free agency opened, however, makes it very likely -- but probably not provable -- that the Redskins did contact Speck before about the defensive lineman before free agency began.

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

By Rob Rang  |  May 26, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  | Category:  Free Agency , NFL , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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