Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports than an unidentified AFC team has been “very aggressively” sending playbooks to its players recently, which would be a clear violation of NFL rules during the lockout.
While exceptions have been made for charity events and ring ceremonies, NFL teams have not been allowed to contact players during the lockout. Contact was permitted during the day or so the lockout was lifted in late April, and teams took advantage by distributing playbooks and contacting key free agents they hope to retain.
It would be naive to think that coaches and players haven’t found ways to communicate with one another during the lockout, and reports of these “forbidden communications” are nothing new. But to send playbooks to players during this stage of the labor talks borders on reckless behavior. The league will surely investigate this matter and, if guilty, hand down a hefty fine to the head coach and team, and possibly take away draft picks.