SJ - February 3, 2021
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden went on "The Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman" and blatantly ignored the NFL's tampering rules. Collinsworth tried his hardest to keep Gruden from violating the rules, but it didn't work.
Gruden, in true Gruden fashion, ignored the rules and openly recruited veteran cornerback Richard Sherman.
From Pro Football Talk:
“I know there’s tampering rules out there and I don’t want to bring up anything that might create a problem for you, because I know that you’ve been fined a few shekels over the years,” Collinsworth said.
“Yes I have,” Gruden said. “I’ve been fined, I’ve been punished very, very harshly. Richard Sherman, if you are a free agent, which there is a rumor you are, we are looking for an alpha presence in our secondary. Somebody that could play this Hawk 3-press technique with the read step. If you’re available and interested, maybe you and I can get together at some point off air.”
The NFL loves to fine Gruden. He can expect another one for this blatant violation of the rules.
I'm not sure why Gruden would violate the rules to recruit a guy like Sherman anyway. It's possible he only remembers his days in Seattle.