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NFL teams reviewing their player 'vetting' process

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08:21 AM ET 06.30 | In light of the Aaron Hernandez situation in New England, the attempted murder charges against former Cleveland rookie Ausar Walcott, and some of the other off-field problems experienced by players the past few months, several NFL teams are revisiting the "vetting" processes they use. One team?'s personnel director and the security chief for another franchise acknowledged to NFP this week that they were advised by ownership to review their procedures. At least two teams have discussed the possibility of bringing aboard staffers expert in digital technology to research the backgrounds of prospective players.

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June 30, 2013  08:29 AM ET

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June 30, 2013  08:32 AM ET

NFL teams reviewing their player 'vetting' process

Ya think?

June 30, 2013  08:54 AM ET

This is a smoke screen. Teams have for years done background checks on players they may draft. And all teams have drafted players with "checkered" pasts. Never! never! never! in the history of the NFL has a talented player, regardless of his baggage not been drafted by some team at some time.

This is public relations 101 by the NFL. You will see more of it, like this is just all so new to them.

June 30, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is a smoke screen. Teams have for years done background checks on players they may draft. And all teams have drafted players with "checkered" pasts. Never! never! never! in the history of the NFL has a talented player, regardless of his baggage not been drafted by some team at some time.This is public relations 101 by the NFL. You will see more of it, like this is just all so new to them.

Right on the money!

June 30, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I'm pretty certain none of the unnamed sources above were affiliated with the Cowboys.

June 30, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is a smoke screen. Teams have for years done background checks on players they may draft. And all teams have drafted players with "checkered" pasts. Never! never! never! in the history of the NFL has a talented player, regardless of his baggage not been drafted by some team at some time.This is public relations 101 by the NFL. You will see more of it, like this is just all so new to them.

Art Schlicter?

June 30, 2013  09:21 AM ET

In truth, the risk/reward factor is better than ever for an NFL team to play the "Maurice Clarett" card. With the slotted rookie pay scale in the new CBA, every team now has for of insurance against drafting bad apples. You can only get burned for so much money.

June 30, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Art Schlicter?

Lawrence Phillips?

June 30, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is a smoke screen. Teams have for years done background checks on players they may draft. And all teams have drafted players with "checkered" pasts. Never! never! never! in the history of the NFL has a talented player, regardless of his baggage not been drafted by some team at some time.This is public relations 101 by the NFL. You will see more of it, like this is just all so new to them.

Whereas I agree with you for the most part, I would definitely say that some organizations turn a blind eye to a player's rap sheet more than others......

June 30, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Lawrence Phillips?

Didn't he briefly play for the Rams?

June 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Didn't he briefly play for the Rams?

Very briefly... Vermeil took him in the first round (#4) clearly knowing the risks.

He is the poster child for taking "bad acts" in the draft.

June 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is a smoke screen. Teams have for years done background checks on players they may draft. And all teams have drafted players with "checkered" pasts. Never! never! never! in the history of the NFL has a talented player, regardless of his baggage not been drafted by some team at some time.

This is public relations 101 by the NFL. You will see more of it, like this is just all so new to them.

Agreed Fifty. If he answers "yes" to "have ever or do you plan to kill somebody" they'll add a Full Metal Jacket clause to his contract.

June 30, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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I'm pretty certain none of the unnamed sources above were affiliated with the Cowboys.

hahaha! ya think O?

June 30, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Whereas I agree with you for the most part, I would definitely say that some organizations turn a blind eye to a player's rap sheet more than others......

You are correct. But they all squint to some degree. You have no choice really. It becomes a question of are yo willing to close your eyes completely. Easier to do now with slotted rookie scale.

Only answer to the problem, and it will never happen, the rule should be this: IF YOU DRAFT A PLAYER WHO IS FOUND GUILTY OF CRIMINAL LEGAL ISSUES ( make a list of severity)AS A PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM, THE FOLLOWING YEAR YOU FORFEIT THE DRAFT PICK IN THE SAME ROUND YOU DRAFTED THE CONVICTED PLAYER IN.


something like that. Now, there is no real penalty for having criminals on your team.

June 30, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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hahaha! ya think O?

Sadly....


And - 50 is right. You want to make teams accountable for drafting fools, then penalize the team when the bad egg breaks.

Of course, that doesn't speak for free agents.

June 30, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Sadly.... And - 50 is right. You want to make teams accountable for drafting fools, then penalize the team when the bad egg breaks. Of course, that doesn't speak for free agents.

Thought about the free agent thing. A cap penalty equal to the amount you handed the player could be enforced. You carry his contract to full term, all of it.

It could be done, but it will not happen. Just public relations and a whole lot of family type reaching out to you commercials this season. They will outnumber the beer commercials for September.

June 30, 2013  10:06 AM ET

I don't think that's the way. If you have an arrest record you can't even get a job at Walmart. Why can you work in the NFL.

June 30, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Sadly.... And - 50 is right. You want to make teams accountable for drafting fools, then penalize the team when the bad egg breaks. Of course, that doesn't speak for free agents.

Here is the thing Otis: If the NFL can penalize the Cowboys and Redskins for playing with contracts, then it sure as hheeell can penalize teams for bring in criminals.

The Irony: The Patriots void Hernandez contract because it " cast the club in a negative light."

Well Golly Mudhead, the Patriots, and any and every other club, should be penalized by the NFL for the same offense; casing the league in a negative light.

June 30, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Here is the thing Otis: If the NFL can penalize the Cowboys and Redskins for playing with contracts, then it sure as hheeell can penalize teams for bring in criminals.The Irony: The Patriots void Hernandez contract because it " cast the club in a negative light."Well Golly Mudhead, the Patriots, and any and every other club, should be penalized by the NFL for the same offense; casing the league in a negative light.

Excuse the spelling, ticked off is all. The blame does not stop with the player. It takes two.

 
June 30, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Excuse the spelling, ticked off is all. The blame does not stop with the player. It takes two.

Got to have an enabler to continue the bad behavior.

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