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What the heck is legal tampering?
The words "legal" and "tampering" don't seem to go together when it comes to the NFL, but for the first time, they're being forced to co-exist for a weekend.
Starting at midnight on Saturday, teams can contact players' agents and start negotiating. Among the many weird rules of this little tampering period are the following, according to the Boston Globe:
- Teams can't meet with players directly at all, unless it's the current club. They also can't use team facilities.
- Ed Reed doesn't have an agent, so he can't talk to any teams
- No visits until free agency formally opens
- If you're a restricted free agent or franchised players, forget it. You're sitting this out.