The Titans didn’t file a formal grievance with NFL executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash, but they submitted newspaper articles and audio from a radio interview in which a Redskins official made what the Titans felt were incriminating comments about the team’s interest in Haynesworth.
Haynesworth agreed to terms on a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins five hours into the free agency period on Feb. 27. Under NFL rules, teams are prohibited from contacting agents for players still under contract with another team. The Redskins have denied tampering with Haynesworth since the rumors were first reported last month.
Agent Chad Speck has said that he negotiated four to five hours with the Redskins after the free agency period began at midnight.
While agents and players are not subject to penalties for tampering, the 49ers had to relinquish their fifth-round pick in last year’s draft and swap their third-rounder for that of the Bears after being found guilty of tampering with Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs. The penalty figures to be more severe if the Redskins are found to have tampered with Haynesworth since Briggs remained with the Bears.
— David Elfin