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    No, they're breaking the rules. The NFL needs to look into this.
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    I thought you could sign by 12:01 am today.


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    I say we fight for their #2 or #3 pick in the draft....:singing:
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    You can sign AT 12:01 today. However, to sign AT 12:01 would mean the team would have had to contact the player or his agent, and to sign before that would clearly show they had. That's tampering folks. The Browns should forfeit a pick to the Patriots, because they were negotiating a contract with a player still under contract to the Patriots. Givens was still a Patriot until 12:01, so if it was announced he was signed before then, he is suddenly under contract to two teams. Oops.
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    Well, if the Browns' webpage said they signed him 30 minutes before that and weren't even allowed to talk to him or his agent before 12:01 . . . you figure it out.
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    Anyone else notice the date on that article? March 30.
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    Conspiracy theorists unite! LOL. Kidding.
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    Oh yeah, try the link again. :D
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    Anybody who saw the original got a cached copy on their PC?
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    Pre written story by Zac who wanted the scoop...someone had to call him...anyways, here it is again.

    http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news_...ts/5199.0.html

    GIvens
    By Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
    March 11, 2006

    The Browns made an immediate splash in the free agent market Saturday by signing wide receiver David Givens.

    WR David Givens

    Photo By Getty Images
    Givens, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Patriots and won two Super Bowl championships, seems to be a perfect fit for a Browns team that made adding an experienced, reliable receiver a top offseason goal.

    Givens bolsters a Browns' receiving corps that awaits the return of last year's top draft pick, Braylon Edwards, from a December ACL injury, and also features veteran Dennis Northcutt.

    Last year's leading receiver, Antonio Bryant, is a free agent.

    Givens, 25, caught a career-high 59 passes for 738 yards in 13 games last season. He caught 5 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' playoff loss in Denver in January.

    He posted a career-high 6 touchdowns in 2003, and had a career-high 874 receiving yards in 2004. His career totals include 158 receptions, 2,214 yards and 12 touchdowns; he's also the Patriots all-time leader in postseason touchdown receptions with 6.

    Givens was a seventh round draft choice out of Notre Dame in 2002. He signed a one-year max tender with the Patriots last season as a restricted free agent.

    In Cleveland, Givens is reunited with Romeo Crennel and assistant head coach Jeff Davidson. Crennel was previously the defensive coordinator in New England and Davidson coached the offensive line and tight ends. Browns Special Teams Coach Jerry Rosburg held the same position at Notre Dame for two of Givens' four seasons there. Givens blocked three punts while playing under Rosburg in 2000.

    Givens played a limited offensive role and contributed on special teams as a Patriots rookie in 2002, when he caught 9 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He caught 34 passes for 510 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2003 in 13 games (5 starts) in 2003, including a career-long 57-yarder.

    His breakout season came in 2004, when he led the Patriots with 56 catches for 874 yards. He had four games with 100-plus receiving yards, a touchdown catch in each of the Patriots' three postseason games, and converted first downs on 47 of his 56 regular-season receptions.

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