Why Dwight Freeney’s Collusion Accusations Are off Base

May 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It took a season-ending injury to Melvin Ingram for free agent Dwight Freeney to find a job.
The San Diego Chargers snapped up the 33-year-old sack artist to supplement their pass rush, giving him a two-year deal worth $8.75 million with additional incentives, according to NFL.com.
Less than two weeks after his signing, Freeney is crying collusion.
“I basically think the owners got together and decided not to spend the cash on free agents,” Freeney told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com. “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.”
Freeney is totally off base with his comments, largely because his own experiences as a long-time star player has blinded him to the realities that govern NFL free agency. Freeney values himself and other veteran free agents more highly than NFL teams. He was originally seeking a contract with ...

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