- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- While the NFL will look into the recent visit by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase to Alabama coach Nick Saban, the visit Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett made to see Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski did not raise an eyebrow.
According to a league spokesman, the trip to Durham, N.C., was not considered football related and in a “social gathering.” Romo, tight end Jason Witten and running back DeMarco Murray were in Jerry Jones’ suite at AT&T Stadium with Garrett for the NCAA basketball championship game as well but it falls under the same discussion as the Duke trip.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, players and coaches are not allowed to meet to talk about football until the offseason workouts begin. For the Cowboys, the offseason program started today.
Saban told the Denver Post he meet separately with Manning and Gase, who was an assistant on his staff at Michigan State.
“Peyton, we talked an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon,” Saban told the paper. “Adam had been talking to our assistant coaches. I never talked with Adam about football.”