The NFL on Thursday told the Texans Fairly obvious salary-cap breach, The NFL might as well hit Houston down for a textbook violation of the tampering rule.
On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Bobby Slovik acknowledged that the Texans are considering the possibility of signing the 49ers quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo.
“We have a process that we go through, Jimmy is obviously a part of that process,” Slovik said.
Every party tampers. everyone. It’s usually not so obvious.
And that’s as clear as it gets. Garoppolo remains under contract with the 49ers. The other team may not publicly express interest in signing him.
The NFL is grossly inconsistent when it comes to enforcing the rules regarding tampering. In this case, it is not a major violation; The 49ers clearly do not want to re-sign Garoppolo, who is heading to the open market for the first time in his career.
Still, other teams penalized for tampering could be upset if the Texans got a pass. The Dolphins didn’t receive a pass for fumbling with Tom Brady and sean payton Last year; Miami lost a first round pick. In 2016, the Chiefs lost a third round pick and a sixth round pick for talking directly to Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin during a two-day window during which talks with agents are allowed.
“We appreciate the opportunity to make our appeal on this matter, and we accept the minor reduction in the fine imposed,” said owner Clark Hunt after an appeal upheld the draft-pick sentence but reduced the fine. “However, we believe that the facts of this case combined with the league’s inconsistent enforcement of its own tampering policies do not warrant the most severe penalty for player-related tampering in league history.”
If the NFL does not punish the Texans for their tampering with Garoppolo, Hunt’s point will be underscored. Even though molestation happens all the time (and it does happen), it is rarely so blatant and obvious.
Bobby Slowik’s Comment About Jimmy Garoppolo Is Textbook Rage originally appeared pro football talk