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NFL's Investigation into Free-Agent Moves Delays Conclusion Ahead of 2024 Draft


As the anticipation builds for the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit, the league's review of two significant free-agent signings has hit a delay, with no resolution expected before the draft kicks off on Thursday night.


The NFL's ongoing investigation into the Philadelphia Eagles' acquisition of Saquon Barkley from the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons' signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to gather information on potential tampering allegations. According to NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the league's efforts to uncover details surrounding these high-profile moves will extend beyond the draft, ensuring that 2024 draft picks remain unaffected by any disciplinary actions stemming from the investigations.



The Eagles' recruitment of Barkley and the Falcons' pursuit of Cousins have attracted scrutiny from the league, particularly regarding the circumstances and public comments surrounding these transactions. While Cousins secured a lucrative four-year, $180 million deal with Atlanta, Barkley made a notable move to Philadelphia on a three-year, $37.75 million contract, sparking further attention and review from NFL officials.


With the investigations ongoing and no immediate resolution in sight, the NFL's focus remains on conducting a thorough examination of the free-agent signings and potential tampering issues. As teams and fans await the draft's commencement, the outcome of the league's review will undoubtedly impact the future landscape of player acquisitions and free-agent negotiations in the NFL. Stay tuned for updates as the investigations progress and the league navigates the complexities surrounding these high-stakes moves in the free-agent market.



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