NFL: Teams told: No tampering

Posted: March 11, 2013

The NFL has told its teams to adhere to rules against tampering in the three-day window for negotiating with free agents that opened Saturday.

Teams were allowed to contact representatives of free agents from other teams within the window, but the players can't visit any facilities or even talk to those clubs. The league has warned the teams against entering into any agreements with those players before free agency officially kicks off at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Traditionally, contracts with free agents have been announced almost as soon as the NFL's business year begins, clearly indicating agreements had been reached before the free agency period began. The league hopes the negotiating window will limit any hints of tampering.

Going, and staying. The Pittsburgh Steelers released former defensive player of the year James Harrison, after the linebacker and team could not agree on a more cap-friendly deal. . . . The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with safety William Moore on a five-year contract. . . . Cornerback Leodis McKelvin is staying in Buffalo after the Bills reached an agreement to re-sign their 2008 first-round draft pick. . . . Linebacker Junior Galette has agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the New Orleans Saints. . . . Fullback Darrel Young and tight end Logan Paulsen have agreed to three-year contracts to stay with the Washington Redskins. . . . San Diego signed long- snapper Mike Windt to a four-year contract.

AFL star safety dies. Former Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos star George Saimes, regarded as one of the American Football League's best safeties, died Friday in Canton, Ohio, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 71.

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