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If everyone's doing it, free-agent tampering is OK

The scouting combine allows teams to get a head start on free agency, even though the practice is technically against the rules, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: February 25, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you have ever been driving on a rural road and come across a stop sign, you probably have faced a decision similar to what every NFL general manager and agent has had to make in recent days.

In the hallways of the Indiana Convention Center and the restaurants and bars around town, they've tapped the brakes a few times, but never really come to a complete stop. Why should they? Nobody's handing out tickets.

One of the biggest half-truths about the NFL scouting ...

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