Yesterday Charlie Bernstein of Jagnation.com, a branch off of Scout.com and FoxSports.com, reported that Mike Sims-Walker had been contacted by the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams.
The problem with that is that Mike Sims-Walker is still a member of the Jaguars. Until a new CBA is agreed upon between the NFL and the NFLPA, Mike Sims-Walker is not a free agent and not a player that other teams can get in contact with. That’s tampering.
Tampering is defined by the NFL in the rulebook as such:
A club’s representative, or a third-party intermediary of that club (Club A), is involved in a private meeting or conversation with a player (or his representative) who is under contract to, or whose negotiating rights are held by, another club (Club B)
If Bernstein’s sources are correct (he described them in a later tweet as “solid”), the Rams and Texans blatantly tampered with Mike Sims-Walker. The punishment for tampering is determined on a case-to-case basis and not set in the rulebook so if the Jaguars were to file tampering charges and win their case, it is unknown what they would receive.
In February, the Lions were found guilty for tampering with the Chiefs’ Jarrad Page. Their punishment was to give the Chiefs a 7th round pick and swap 5th round selections. It’s not a stretch to think the Jaguars would receive similar compensation, although theirs could come double.
The Jaguars have not yet filed tampering charges if they plan to do so, but the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain claims the Texans have no interest in Sims-Walker.