The Favre Rules
Remember The Jordan Rules, where it was alleged (but also acknowledged, quietly) that there were different rules on and off the court for basketball's best player(s)?
Clearly, the NFL has the Favre rules as well:
Though it’s unclear where this new was first reported (we think it was Sirius NFL Radio), Adam Schefter of NFL Network confirms that the “Minneapolis” (thanks, Greta) Vikings won’t be punished for allegedly tampering with Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
The Packers made the charge last month based on their belief that Favre had excessive communications with Vikings offensive coordinator Darell Bevell, who previously was Favre’s quarterbacks coach in Green Bay.
Favre recently admitted that he talked both to Bevell and to Vikings head coach Brad Childress, but Favre denied that they enticed him to play for the Vikings.
Now, remember...the 49ers got penalized a draft pick for 'tampering' with Bears LB Lance Briggs where the evidence was surely not nearly as public as this.
What's the difference? As far as I can tell, the 49ers didn't try to sign America's QB, Brett Favre.