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Tampering review into Falcons, Eagles won't conclude before draft

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The NFL's review into potential tampering by the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles won't conclude before the start of Thursday's draft, announced the league Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

With no resolution coming this week, the Falcons and Eagles will avoid being docked any 2024 draft picks.

The investigation is related to the free-agent signings of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who joined Atlanta, and running back Saquon Barkley, who signed with Philadelphia.

Both the Falcons and Eagles have denied tampering with their new players.

The NFL allows agents to speak to clubs during the two-day negotiating period, but players aren't permitted to be in contact with team officials.

Cousins helped spark the league's review by revealing during his introductory presser that he spoke with the Falcons' trainer and head of public relations a day before the start of free agency.

Discipline is expected to involve draft picks, and the Falcons are believed to be facing a more severe punishment, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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