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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 60: League Looks Into Contact Between Players, Assistant Coaches
Published May 10, 2011
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said, “There are definitely people you talk to -- agents, players -- who will tell you ... that teams have reached out to agents about potential undrafted free agents, that there has been contact between some team officials, player development people or coaches. ... The key really will be how any of this is enforced after the fact. The league has said it will be vigilant in trying to document instances of this and then punish teams because of those actions. But once we do start playing, once we do get a CBA done and we move forward, some are wondering really how vigilant will they ultimately be?” ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 5/9). ESPN's Adam Schefter said to believe there is no contact between coaches and players during the lockout "would be naive and ignorant because teams are trying to do whatever they can to give themselves a competitive advantage." He added, "There are teams out there that I'm sure have what you call 'burn lines,' phones that can't be traced, numbers that they've gotten for this lockout to conduct business as usual" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 5/9).
COME FLY WITH ME: In Atlanta, D. Orlando Ledbetter noted the Falcons today "will open their unofficial minicamp" at an undisclosed site. The players "will hold their own seven-on-seven drills." The camp is "closed to the public" (AJC.com, 5/9). When asked how the workouts have been going in the "ad-hoc offseason program," Falcons DE Kroy Biermann said, "It's been good. We are starting to get some more guys in. When we first started there were three or four guys here in one session. Now, we have two sessions and they are filled up" (AJC.com, 5/10).