We’ve heard unconfirmed rumors that one or more agents have been communicating and actually meeting with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Regardless of whether it is or isn’t happening, it’s now permissible under NFLPA rules.

Prior to March 2012, it wouldn’t have been allowed. That month, the NFLPA dumped the so-called “junior rule,” which would have precluded agents from talking to Manziel during his third season after finishing high school.

Agents still can’t give Manziel or his family money or anything of value.

Well, they can. As long as they don’t get caught.

The rumors, if true, confirm the reality that Manziel won’t return to Texas A&M in 2014. Not that anyone actually believed he would.