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Green Bay Packers Tampering Charges (NFL)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 28, 2008

Tampering, Tapping up: In <a class=”mw-redirect” title=”Professional sport” Brett Favre NY Jetshref=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_sport”>professional team sports, tapping up (British English) or tampering (American English) is an attempt to persuade a player contracted to one team to transfer to another team, without the knowledge or permission of the player’s current team. This kind of approach is often made through the player’s agent. It is expressly forbidden in many professional leagues. (Wikipedia)

After the soap opera in Green Bay ended, Brett Favre became a NY Jet.Brett Favre Green Bay Packers

Brett Favre is a NY Jet. Will it be for only one year?  Will the Jets be able to sign him for a 3 year extension?

Brett is the kind of athlete who can play quarterback into his early 40’s.  If the Jets can sign him (who knows if Brett wants to stay in NY), it would be a great benefit to the organization.

The Green Bay Packers had a $20 million marketing, personal appearances, offer on the table to Favre.  They made it clear the offer, even after Brett became a Jet, was still available to Favre.  The implication is the offer is one the table to Brett after the 2008, 2009, 2010 seasons…

Even though this pending offer to Favre is not to play football, it directly affects the Jets’ negotiations with Favre.  Brett only has 3 options; (a) re-sign with the Jets, (b) become a free agent, or (3) retire from football.

The pending offer from the Packers makes option (3) more attractive than it would be without the offer.

This is tampering.  The NFL needs to address this unusual situation.

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2 Responses to “Green Bay Packers Tampering Charges (NFL)”

  1. Blackmagic said

    Well, when the Jets traded for Favre he had two years left on his contract so option a) doesnot apply since he has another year left after this one, and option b)cannot happen unless the Jets release him. Any player can excercise option c) at a time of their choosing.

    Much ado about nothing!

  2. Thanks for the comment. The Jets will still be competing against a very financially attractive retirement option.

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