Report: GM's are required to keep log of chats with agents

The NFL has made it clear league and team employees are not to have contact with players during the lockout.

Now, the league is taking another step. General managers are prohibited from discussing anything beyond draft prospects with agents. According to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, GM’s are now being required to maintain a log of every conversation held with an agent.

The concern is the NFLPA could use violations of the lockout in the tangled web of legal filings being made. Does anyone realistically think this will wipe out tampering? Everyone knows that free-agent deals are hatched at the Senior Bowl. If they’re not finished there, they get knocked out at the Scouting Combine. Rarely is anyone caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

GMs are being told they will be punished for such contact now. Of course, the way around it is to make sure the agent contacted has at least one draft eligible prospect and maintain the conversation was about that player. The agents, after all, want to push their clients and NFL rules don’t matter to them in a bottom line business.

It will be interesting to see if anyone’s phone log winds up being scrutinized.

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