Last week, the Bucs informed Parcells' agent, Jimmy Sexton, that talks with Dallas or any other NFL team were in violation of the NFL's tampering rules since Parcells signed a four-year contract with the Bucs last January before he changed his mind and decided to stay retired.
While NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue ruled that Dallas did not have to compensate Tampa Bay due to the fact that the contract Parcells signed with the Bucs was never submitted to the NFL, he did declare the Bucs' claim a valid one. Tagliabue offered to hold another meeting in which the league would determine whether or not Parcells would owe the Bucs any financial damages, but the Bucs were not interested in prolonging the issue any further and did not take up Tagliabue on his offer.
"While we are pleased that the Commissioner saw the validity of our claim, we did not file this claim to seek monetary damages," said Bucs general manager Rich McKay. "The sole focus of this organization should be the playoffs and accordingly, we do not intend to pursue this claim any further."
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