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Mr. Flopnuts 03-17-2013 06:17 AM

Mike Florio: DeVito courtship suggests violation of pre-free agency rules

Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2013, 6:12 AM EDT

Last Saturday, the NFL opened for the first time in a non-lockout year a three-day window for negotiating with agents for upcoming free agents. Given that the league used a similar period after the 2011 lockout, it was widely assumed that agreements in principle could be reached during this period, as long as the contracts weren’t formally executed until after the launch of free agency.

Then, on the day before the window opened, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo that essentially closed it, scaring teams into not talking the same type of turkey they had intended with a threat of the least-used weapon in the NFL arsenal: the tampering investigation.

Through it all, it was clear that teams and agents “may not discuss or make any travel arrangements” until the launch of free agency. Which makes the first paragraph from an article by Rich Cimini of particularly interesting.

“It was Monday night, and Mike DeVito was getting ready for a flight to Kansas City,” Cimini writes. “There was an offer on the table from the Chiefs — a good offer — and he was leaving the next day to sign it.”

Those facts, apparently gleaned from a phone interview with DeVito, suggest a violation of the letter and spirit of the restrictions on the negotiating window. And before Chiefs fans start accusing us of trying to start trouble for their team, we mention this only because the March 8 memo expressly threatened tampering investigations, and because most teams had seemed to be scared into not doing anything that could cross the line.

In the end, it could be that teams were crossing the line, but insisting on discretion from agents.

Regardless, the process apparently gave teams a chance to understand the market for unrestricted free agents — and essentially kill it.

milkman 03-17-2013 06:23 AM

Too vague.

LoneWolf 03-17-2013 06:23 AM

How did Mike Wallace just happen to be in Miami minutes after the free agency period opened to take a physical? Florio is a pot stirring jackass.

bevischief 03-17-2013 06:46 AM


Mr. Flopnuts 03-17-2013 06:47 AM


Originally Posted by bevischief (Post 9507966)


bevischief 03-17-2013 06:51 AM

pooptaco rape.

Chiefs=Good 03-17-2013 06:56 AM

Peyton Manning.

cabletech94 03-17-2013 07:14 AM

could we get some sort of filter, that whenever mike florio's name is mentioned, it comes up with pooptaco? or something equally as clever. please?


OrtonsPiercedTaint 03-17-2013 07:36 AM

Rip his head off and shit down his neck GM Dorsey.

BlackHelicopters 03-17-2013 07:44 AM

Free love.

Pasta Giant Meatball 03-17-2013 08:01 AM

It's KC, so we can't do this kind of stuff.

notorious 03-17-2013 08:13 AM

I suggest that Dorsey should violate Mike Florio's anal cavity.

rageeumr 03-17-2013 08:17 AM

I think the Vontae Davis tweet on Feb 27th about Sean Smith "talking to KC" presents a bigger problem than this.

Pasta Giant Meatball 03-17-2013 08:39 AM

Yeah, Sean Smith has been a Chief for weeks now, heh.

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