Clarett bidding to enter NFL draft

Updated: December 12, 2003, 3:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Maurice Clarett's lawyers contended Friday that the NFL bars younger college players from playing professional football to perpetuate a free farm system for the league.

The lawyers asked the judge to allow Ohio State's suspended tailback to enter next year's NFL draft. Clarett sued the NFL this year, challenging the league rule that a player must be out of high school three years to be eligible for the draft.

The league wants the case tossed out. U.S. District Judge ...

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