The NFL has cracked down on the Dolphins and proprietor Stephen Ross for tampering with Tom Brady whereas he was nonetheless beneath contract to the Patriots and Buccaneers, and for tampering with Sean Payton whereas he was nonetheless beneath contract to the Saints. And that has some asking: Will Brady and Payton additionally face league self-discipline?
They won’t. When NFL groups tamper with workers beneath contract to different groups, the NFL solely punishes the get together that does the tampering, not the worker who goes together with the tampering.
With coaches like Payton, the NFL might, and arguably ought to, change that rule simply: The league might institute a rule that if a workforce makes an attempt to tamper with a coach who’s beneath contract with one other workforce, that coach should instantly shut down all communication and report it to the league workplace or else the coach is topic to self-discipline as properly. However for the time being, the NFL’s guidelines don’t punish the coaches on the receiving finish of tampering communications.
For gamers like Brady, any coverage that penalizes them for tampering must be negotiated by way of the NFL Gamers Affiliation, and the NFLPA would absolutely object on the speculation that if the league doesn’t like tampering, it’s incumbent upon the league to maintain its homeowners in line.
So until and till the foundations change, coaches and gamers are free to speak to homeowners of different groups, even realizing that the homeowners are breaking the foundations.