Is There Any Merit to Dwight Freeney’s Collusion Accusations Against NFL Owners?

May 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It would be naive to think 32 mega-rich NFL owners would never collude in hopes of aiding each other financially .
New San Diego Chargers defender and former Indianapolis Colts star Dwight Freeney has made it clear—he doesn't want to be naive in regards to what the collective group of NFL owners are capable of.
In fact, some would now call him a conspiracy theorist. 
Said the three-time First Team All-Pro to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports:
I basically think the owners got together and decided not to spend the cash on free agents. I definitely think that's part of it. I think the owners made a pact. There's only 32 of them and none of them broke ranks. I think they all decided not to spend money.
But is Freeney onto something?
The following table shows the contracts signed by Pro Football Talk's top 30 free agents in 2012 and 2013 (players who re-signed with their teams were not included).
While the data ...

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