According to several published reports, the Bucs have told Parcells' agent, Jimmy Sexton, that talks with Dallas or any other team are in violation of the National Football League's tampering rules since Tampa Bay claims Parcells signed a four-year contract with the Bucs before he changed his mind and decided to stay retired.
Not only do the Bucs want the league to force teams to seek permission from them in order to talk with Parcells, but the team's owners – the Glazers – also want compensation if Parcells signs a contract to coach in the NFL next season.
"We have put Bill Parcells and his representatives on notice that any team that wishes to speak with him must first receive our permission in accordance with the NFL Anti-Tampering rules and we will require compensation to grant such permission," Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay told ESPN.com on Sunday.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is expected to fire current head coach Dave Campo on Monday, has already met with Parcells on two occasions, but he may not be able to offer Parcells a contract until the league reviews the matter, which is expected to happen later this week.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the contract Parcells signed with the Bucs was never submitted by the team for NFL approval, which could hurt Tampa Bay's claim.
Tampa Bay traded a total of four draft picks (two first-round and two-second-round) to Oakland in exchange for head coach Jon Gruden a few weeks after Parcells decided to stay retired.
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