With all this nonsense surrounding Givens, first the announcment on the Browns webpage before midnight, and then the retraction, and then the trip to Miami, then the cancelled, on again off again trip to houston, could all of this be a smokescreen to cover-up the obvious tampering? I mean hacking into the Browns website to post what looks like a legitimate completely plausibly story? Who does that? If your smart enough to hack into a NFL website, don't you think you would post something a little better than a phoney free-agent signing story? Hell if I could break into the Pats site I post a naked picture of NEM! Why bother hacking a website to post a story like that? I think the answer is the Browns had Givens signed, they had it done well before the official start of free agency, and the rest of this circus, is just trying to cover up this fact. Lets see where he ends up. It could even be that the Browns gave up on signing Givens after the story got posted early (which is my theory, the story was trueand simply was run early) at which time the Browns had to think what to do, so they just told Givens we can't sign you now, and his agent is now doing the cover-up.
Tampering in the past, has come with the price of your first round pick. Do you think the Krafts will ask the league to look into this? I would at least make them look at the Browns server, to see indeed if it was hacked into.
03-12-2006 02:36 PM
At first it appeared so, now there's too much confusion to have any idea.
03-12-2006 02:38 PM
Crtainly there are other cases of this as well....Brees's agent shopping around pre-midnight FA time...and Bentley having a deal with Philly BEFORE...Yes, I think they should look into it all...and I think there is a LOT of tampering..and many teams do it..and the NFL offive has been VERY lenient about it.
03-12-2006 02:43 PM
With all this nonsense surrounding Givens, first the announcment on the Browns webpage before midnight, and then the retraction, and then the trip to Miami, then the cancelled, on again off again trip to houston, could all of this be a smokescreen to cover-up the obvious tampering? I mean hacking into the Browns website to post what looks like a legitimate completely plausibly story? Who does that?
* Scott Pioli trying to keep other teams from trying to sign him -:) Just read the Texans 'may have' signed da Bengals WR Kevin Walter( a RFA) to an offer sheet. Maybe they'll pass on Givens.
03-12-2006 02:55 PM
You got something. Maybe Blank realized signing so early would raise eyebrows so is just doing a sharade now.
03-12-2006 03:41 PM
What are you doing with naked pictures of Nem?
Just what kind of powers does this site give moderators?
03-12-2006 04:11 PM
Blank was on WEEI with Dale and Holley last week and they asked him if he had heard from any other NFL teams about Givens. He said that he would never do anything unethical like that by taking calls from other teams. I just checked the EEI audio vault and they do not have that interview available......strange!
03-12-2006 05:01 PM
Originally Posted by Bill's Girl
I just checked the EEI audio vault and they do not have that interview available......strange!
Not really. There are a lot of strange choices when they choose what to archive. For example, Jonathan Kraft was on last week after the settlement but it isn't archived either.
03-12-2006 09:56 PM
I think that whole cleveland affair was a mess. They were obviously talking and probably were close to signing a deal. I'm sure RAC sees jeruvicius as a good alternative to Givens. I think the agent messed up and he got one door slammed shut in his face because if the Browns did end up signing Givens, the NFL would have come knocking on Romeo's door to investigate for tampering.
03-12-2006 10:17 PM
Are the Browns guilty of tampering?
No (not guilty of anything that you could prove)!
Givens, however, IS guilty of having an incredibly stupid, big mouthed agent. :D