NFL Investigating Pre-FA Deals

The NFL has sent a memo to all 32 clubs instructing them to hold on to their phone records, indicating that the league will investigate any tampering that occurred during the three-day tampering window, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link).

Clubs were allowed to use Saturday through Monday to negotiate with player agents, but no deals were supposed to have been agreed to until today. Of course, given the flurry of news of pending deals that broke over the weekend, teams obviously didn’t adhere to that rule. Clubs have ignored those guidelines in years past, but the amount of big-name free agents who reportedly agreed to contracts over the weekend was particularly egregious.

We heard yesterday that the league had sent out a similar memo, voicing its displeasure with the amount of contact between teams and players. Today’s second memo indicates that perhaps the NFL could look to actually penalize teams who were found to have acted outside the spirit of the law.

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