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Coaches told contact with players reason for firing with cause

NFL Lockout Looms As Negotiations Reach Final Day

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson addresses the media at a news conference outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFLPA has filed for decertification and will no longer be the exclusive collective bargaining representative for the players. Players will now be able to file antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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NFL teams are taking this “no contact with players” thing seriously.

One agent who represents a Carolina Panthers coach was told that contact with a player would be reason for firing with cause, according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer.

Barring any illegal contact, however, the Panthers are being rather lockout friendly to their employees. No layoffs or furloughs are planned and there’s a “sense of optimism” among employees things will remain business as usual until the Fall.

Contracts signed by new coaches did not contain any language that cuts their pay in the event of a lockout. Many believe that owner Jerry Richardson cut payroll in 2010 in part to protect his employees this year.