July 29, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; A general view of a New York Jets helmet on the ground during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New York Jets could face tampering charges for talking about DeSean Jackson


In the world of the NFL, we hear rumors about who wants to sign who and who wants to trade for who al the time, but they come from the beat writers and the unnamed sources, never directly from the owner of the team. But that’s what has happened with the whole DeSean Jackson situation as the New York Jets haven’t actively tampered with the receiver but are coming dangerously close to doing so.

Owner Woody Johnson mentioned Jackson by name this weekend as a player they’d like to have, and given that Jackson is under contract with another team, that’s a big no-no. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Jets could face tampering violations as a result.

Johnson’s comments could be enough to result in a finding of tampering.  “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation,” the league’s tampering policy states.

As Florio notes, it’s hard to tell exactly when the league will play the tampering card because it’s so rarely done but it does get played. Teams talking about their interest in players under contract is always a bad idea but it’s not a lock that the Jets will get hit with a tampering violation.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Good Ole Woody…..you have to love this guy!! No wonder my Jets are an annual embarrassment! It starts at the top!! LOL,

    • AC

      Seriously. Lets just hand out our playbooks too while we’re at it! DJax is good but he is not what we need, another Santonio Holmes type receiver, I’d rather start fresh with Decker, Nelson, Kerley and someone from the draft who is taller than me.

  • xnyer

    Sure NY Jets lets talk and write about players you are targeting to sign even when already signed with another team, and let every other team know…..How about being smart and wait till he is released or trade for the other players

  • natepi

    Woody is almost as clueless as his GM. I really wish Woody would sell the team. I don’t like the way it is going, first with the free agent signing and then–signing of the dirt bag piece of crap Michael Vick.