View Full Version : Packers file tampering charge against Vikes

07-16-2008, 08:33 PM

In the latest twist, the Packers have filed tampering charges with the league office against the Minnesota Vikings for alleged communication with Favre, still technically a member of Green Bay, FOXSports.com has learned. The league, according to a source, is currently in information-gathering mode, speaking to members of both teams.

07-16-2008, 09:40 PM
if the league finds nothing, do the packers get punished for false accusations? this almost seems like the packers way of trying to take heat off of them selves after favre's little interview with FOX

07-16-2008, 09:41 PM
If he's retired, wouldn't he not be affiliated with the Packers no longer?

Pretty lame by the Pack.

07-16-2008, 09:49 PM
If he's retired, wouldn't he not be affiliated with the Packers no longer?

Pretty lame by the Pack.

He never officially retired.

07-16-2008, 09:54 PM
The Packers placed Favre on the reserve/retired list on April 25, meaning that the future Hall of Famer no longer counted against the team's 80-player roster.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story;jsessionid=00AB144D39947C4A5AEDE1217172EE00? id=09000d5d80955fca&template=with-video&confirm=true

Whether he filed the papers or not the Packers have acknowledged that he is 'retired.' I don't see how they have much of a case if they already declared it themselves.

07-16-2008, 10:06 PM
Posted by Mike Florio on July 16, 2008, 8:41 p.m.
We’ve gotten several e-mails, and seen several comments, regarding the question of whether a player who has retired can be the subject of tampering allegations.

The easy answer is yes. Absolutely, yes.

If a player retires with years left on his contract and his team placed him on the reserve/retired list, the team still holds his rights. And, consequently, no other team may talk to the player about unretiring and playing for that team.

The difference between Brett Favre’s situation and the case of Junior Seau, who retired after playing for the Dolphins and then signed with the Patriots, is that Seau was also a free agent at the time. Favre is under contract with the Packers for two more years, and those two years will be in place indefinitely, unless and until Favre plays for the team for two more seasons — or unless and until the Packers release him.

Any other rule would invite mischief. For example, Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, who tried his damnedest to get out of Cincinnati, could have “retired” in the offseason, and then signed with the Redskins or any other team as a free agent in August.

Meanwhile, I’ve reviewed Jay Glazer’s report regarding the tampering allegations made by the Packers against the Vikings and Josh Alper’s PFT blurb regarding the same, and an obvious question arose.

How in the hell did the Packers know that Darrell Bevell and Favre were engaged in “inappropriate dialogue”?

Unless the Packers are simply relying upon the rumor mill, we see two possible explanations. Either Bevell ran his mouth about the conversations to someone outside the organization who blabbed, or someone inside the Vikings’ organization blew the whistle. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see what if any hard evidence the Packers have to support their contention.

07-21-2008, 05:30 AM
As russie said, the Packers retain his rights until his contract expires, so there can be tampering charges.

The real question is if they have any proof, given that it's not illegal or anything to talk to a player, only to talk about signing them while they are under contract.

I'm torn on Favre. I would love to stick it to the Packers and have him lead us to a superbowl. I'd hate to see him in purple though and to be honest, having lived and died with TJ up until now I think I actually want to see if he can put it together and prove everyone wrong, to be honest, I'm not sure Favre gives us any better chance of winning. With TJ we will run a lot and rely on the defense, Favre and his ego will force us to throw and run less and he takes so many risks, our team is built on a Ravens type template, of dominant defense and run game, just want a QB who doesn't turn it over, and Favre is certainly not that guy.