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Freeney Suggests Collusion Among NFL Owners, Pointing To Small Free Agent Deals
Published June 4, 2013
NO SUPPORTING EVIDENCE: ESPN.com’s Ashley Fox wrote Freeney is “flat-out wrong.” Colts Owner Jim Irsay, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Falcons Owner Arthur Blank and the other 29 NFL owners “weren't colluding against Freeney,” nor were they colluding against “any of the other 30-somethings who, like Freeney, hit the free-agent market in March and sat, and sat, and sat waiting for an opportunity to play elsewhere.” Collusion is a “convenient cry, but it is too late for that, for Freeney or for any other veteran who in 2011 agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Football League that now is proving to have been a bigger win for the owners than the players.” It is “not that the owners aren't capable of collusion;” rather it is that the owners “didn't collude in this instance, and even Freeney admitted he has no evidence that they did” (ESPN.com, 6/3).