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No tampering found in Haynesworth signing

(Updated ... 3:15 p.m.)

The NFL has determined that the Redskins violated no tampering rules in their offseason pursuit of All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the league said Tuesday.

"The NFL notified the Washington Redskins today that following an extensive review it cannot conclude that a tampering violation occurred in the team's signing of free agent Albert Haynesworth last February," the NFL said in a statement. "The Redskins assured the league that they will re-emphasize with club executives the importance of abiding by the anti-tampering policy and ensure compliance with those rules."

Thus, the Redskins will not lose any draft picks or be fined for signing Haynesworth to a seven-year contract that guarantees him $41 million. The NFL had been interested in looking into communications between the Redskins and Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck. The NFL's free agency period began Feb. 27, and the Redskins and Speck had worked out an agreement by 5 a.m. that day. Haynesworth's former team, the Tennessee Titans, had reportedly been behind the league's look into potential misconduct.

Tampering charges are typically difficult to prove. In 2008, though, the San Francisco 49ers were stripped of a fifth-round draft pick when the league found that they violated tampering rules by having conversations with Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. "A demonstrated tampering violation can warrant significant penalties, including substantial fines and forfeiture of one or more draft choices," the NFL's statement concluded Tuesday.

Haynesworth has played in 10 of the Redskins' 13 games this season, registering 29 tackles and three sacks. He sat out last week's victory over Oakland with an ankle injury, but is likely to practice Wednesday in preparation for Monday's game against the New York Giants.

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  |  December 15, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
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Not surprising at all. It's like proving perjury...

Posted by: jcabana | December 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

(self post)

"But it's 72 degrees and sunny here. I'm planting flowers this Saturday morning..."

Despite the weather report, life in Florida is vastly over-rated.

Our streetwalkers have diseases with English names, but they don't speak it.

Most of the weed here is grown in empty foreclosed homes.

The rich own the land near the water and drive through poor areas like tourists on a jungle safari.

Old people try to pay for their groceries at the 'Ten or Less Items' lane by going past the register eleven times.

Even then they forget why they came to the store in the first place.

There are more strip clubs and pawn shops than libraries.

Not that anyone here reads, mind you, as there are more homeless folks in the library than books.

Dumb girls down here have replaced oral sex with the handshake.

"A guy's hands might be dirty," they all say.

The police are paid better than NL short stops.

The schools don't teach, the jails are full, the churches are empty, there are no jobs, and the governor is a young dude with white hair.

But it's 72 degrees and sunny.

And from what I see going on around the country, that's better than anything foun

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 15, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

One big question I have been asking myself is: With the production of Fred Davis and the obvious talent he has do we trade Cooley for a second and third round pick to help build our line? I am really struggling with that one.. what do you guys think?
Posted by: jeffco01 | December 15, 2009 2:49 PM

I like your plan except:
-D. Landry is a SS, Ed Reed is the all world FS
-More than likely a trade of CC would probably net a 3rd, definitively not a 2nd and 3rd. He's a keeper considering the return on trading him doesn't outweigh his value paired up with Fred.

Contrary to what Zorn has can use both TEs at the same time.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 15, 2009 3:01 PM

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 15, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

NO News is def No News....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Since Zorn doesn't trust Tryon to return punts, it is safe to assume that Tryon would be a good punt returner.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Fantasy Football Playoffs: Round 1

6 teams enter, one emerges. In the Peeps league, swinging souls took to their e-teams and brought their A-game. Or B game. Or C game.

Or in this case, their F game. A shockingly low scoring affair resulted in Redcoats Fins knocking off the Buffaloes, 78-31. Seems their WRs couldn’t catch a thing. 5 WRs were started by the two teams – and combined for 1 point!! The Fins were led by Adrian Peterson’s 25. The Buffaloes had two players with -1 point, Kurt Warner and Tim Hightower.

Alex’s Zombie Hord, managed from Bamako (look it up) this week, crushed Future Winners, 130-74. 31 from desean jax, 28 from Ryan Grant and 23 from Brees led to the Zombie’s big point total. Fred Davis led Future with 21.

Also of note is the massive outburst by 4-12 while playing in the consolation bracket (there, there). His 151 points set a record for the Peeps league. Every Sunday player hit double digits for 4-12, Brandon Marshall had 37 and Andre Johnson 34. His Redskins, Gano and Ganther, combined for 31. His only non-contributor came on Monday night, when Kurt Warner stumbled to -3 points.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

pps, yeah, kind of like fred giggling, and no one knowing how to run a'd that work out for us...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Over in the Hamster league, a pair of double D sized scores led to wins.

cL’s Carroll Street F Bombers beat out one of last year’s champs, Zornskins, 133-94. Leading cL were desean jax with 31 and Jamaal Charles with 29. He also got major contributions from his Jets defense (20) and kicker Bironas (18). Zornskins got 25 from Peterson in the loss.

Also moving on were 4th’s Raljohn Realskins, pulling a huge upset win over Stump’s Coproliths, 137-79. Copro, easily the league’s top scoring team, seemed to get everyone’s best game, week in week out. Andre Johnson (35 points), Quinton Ganther (21) and the Titans defense (21) were all huge for Realskins. Derrick Mason and Ricky Williams also had very strong games. For Copro, Chris Johnson’s 39 points were just not enough. Copro had both Warner and Randy Moss deliver negative points! This game was only the second time Realskins topped 100 points all year. The other time? 134 points in the regular season vs … Copro.

The consolation bracket featured the week’s highest scoring game between the league’s two lowest ranked teams. The Koolaid Kids topped Butz for Utz, 125-100. Each team had a 31 point effort, Ray Rice for Butz and Ryan Grant for Koolaid.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Since 2003, Skins have drafted 4 TE (including a 2nd and 3rd rounder) and 4 OL (2 3rds).

Now we all know that you usually have 1 TE on the field at a time. And 5 OL.

So guess what. We have a talent surplus at TE and a talent shortage on the OL.

For all the progress Fred Davis has made, having two good tight ends is a luxury. An OL is a necessity.

So what do we do at TE? Not sure, but I know it is a problem that didn't need to happen.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 15, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Tryon returned kicks in college, not punts.

I found this on the inter-googles:

Posted by: dcsween | December 15, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Fred "Giggity" Davis

Fred "Dr. Giggles" Davis

Fred "Cuckold" Davis

Fred "Sleepy" Davis

Pick 'em...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 15, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"So guess what. We have a talent surplus at TE and a talent shortage on the OL"

When Cooley got hurt, Davis stepped in, and it was pretty much seamless. Thats called DEPTH.
Would you rather Yoder was the #2??

I really don't get how this is so friggin confusing to people....

Based on this logic, the Giants should trade either Kiwi, or Tuck, because they seem to have a surplus at DE....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 15, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Batiste beeps

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 15, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | December 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

F U zcezcest1!

Keep dem back hand comments comming...You see how I did last week when I am mad....

This week...You're next!


Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Would you rather Yoder was the #2??"

would i rather yoder was #2 and we had had serviceable backups for samuels and thomas?

why YES, i would rather yoder was #2

Posted by: divi3 | December 15, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm going with 'Cuckold' Davis, me personally.

Callin' him 'Cuck Davis' from here on out....


Posted by: RedDMV | December 15, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Tennessee owes us a pick?

Posted by: posttoastie1 | December 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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