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Draft Picks Can’t Be Given Playbooks, No Verbal Deals with Undrafted Rookies

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated Tuesday that teams aren’t allowed to give playbooks to draft picks or strike verbal deals with undrafted rookies following the draft if the lockout is still going on.

“They are not allowed any contact, including sending them information,” Goodell said today at the close of the NFL owners meetings. “As draft prospects, I believe they can have contact with them. Once they are drafted, they can no longer have contact with them.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that teams can fly in draft prospects to meet with the media after the draft, but that’s all they can do.

As for the horde of undrafted free agents that normally sign with teams, those transactions are not allowed during a work stoppage.

And teams can’t make handshake or verbal deals with those prospective free agents.

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