The Buccaneers haven’t been notified of any impending punishment for impermissible contact with players during the 4½-month-long lockout, according to a team source.
CBS reported Sunday that the Bucs would be fined for contact with players during the lockout, which wasn’t allowed. Teams knew they could face fines or other league discipline for doing so.
The league notified all teams that it’s investigating possible lockout violations. And the Bucs fully cooperated with the probe.
The NFL was investigating seven instances of contact between Bucs players and coaches, according to the team source, but three of the calls were less than a minute long and could have been hangups or never completed. One call was between coach Raheem Morris and TE Kellen Winslow to wish him well on the birth of a child. And the longest conversation was between Morris and a player who didn’t make the team.
The NFL alerted teams they must log calls and contact with players during the lockout and that league officials could look at those records after the lockout was over. Privately, other executives from rival teams believed that quotes from Morris and others indicated an illegal amount of activity with their players at that time.