So when Belichick claimed injured Giants tight end Jake Ballard off waivers on Tuesday, many were quick to say that Belichick violated an “unwritten rule” that dictates other teams to not claim injured players if the team that waived the player intends on adding him back to the roster once clearing waivers (if that sentence was confusing, that might be why the rules remain “unwritten”).
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However, on Wednesday, Belichick was quick to refute any such notion.
“Well, first of all, there aren’t any unwrittens,” Belichick said. “I’m sure that you’re aware that you can’t negotiate a contract with a player while he’s under contract. You can’t negotiate a contract, release him, then renegotiate a contract with him that was already done in advance "
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