The Miami Dolphins are in a bit of a pickle and the NFL is to blame. Miami wants Dallas Cowboys Asst. Director of Pro Scouting Brian Gaines, Gaines wants to join Jeff Ireland in Maimi and even Jerry Jones said..go forth and good luck. The NFL however said…NO!
The rules are simple actually. A person can leave another team for a new team if that person receives a promotion and key word here…gets final say if they are under contract. The contract of Brian Gaines runs through the spring…after the NFL draft in April. Gaines will not have final say in personel decisions in Miami because that is the GM’s job. He would however likely be promoted to Director of Pro-scouting. Either way, the man who is currenlty paying his checks, doesn’t think it’s a big deal.
Jerry Jones, in yet another “what’s in for me” move, has publicly said that he is allowing Gaines to leave his contract and join the Phins. So what’s the problem? Technically, Jones should be able to immediately terminate the contract of Gaines, come to an agreement of $1.00 severance pay package and send him on his way. It serves the best interests of both parties. Gaines will be gone come spring.
The NFL is blocking this attempt for reaasons stated above. In an attempt to clarify the rule and the leagues position on this subject, I called and was told that the matter is being reviewed, however, the rules clearly state that any front office staff member must be receiving final say in order to leave his current team while under contract. As it was explained, it is in place to prevent teams from offering large amounts of money to members of other teams to deplete their organization….yeah…o.k.
The truth is that Jones said fine, Gaines said fine, and Miami said fine. If this were a real issue, Jones would simply say to the NFL…”what the heck guys you can’t allow this!” Instead he said go forth.
And again….I ask…Hey Jerry, what’s your angle?