Are we witnessing collusion


Kevin Barrett | Out of WriteField

The owners in the NFL agreed on a few rules changes this week, namely eliminating the Tuck Rule, to the delight of Raiders fans everywhere, and instituting a controversial rule for running back who like to steamroll defenders in the open field.

The one thing not announced but appears to be a real component of the off season is the dreaded ‘C’ word – collusion.

With Wes Welker and Elvis Dumervil playing starring roles, it appears as if NFL owners have said neither is worth 2/3 of last year’s salary, let alone a hefty raise for remarkable campaigns on AFC championship calibre clubs in 2012.

Same for Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, who arguably could have captured the Super Bowl MVP award when he led, from his wide receiver position, the Baltimore Ravens to football’s biggest prize in February.

Sure the flat salary cap has something to do with the owner’s frugal methods but even cap friendly teams such as Miami and Cleveland have to think Welker and Dumervil would assist their team’s sagging fortunes in the win-loss column.

Same for Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, who are adding Air Miles at a record clip while visiting prospective new teams after the defenders  were ditched by the clubs their enjoyed Pro Bowl seasons with on an annual basis.

Surely some teams – Hello Bills, Bengals, Jags  – could use Welker’s hands instead of waiting for the cheaper and riskier option through the draft. How could Abraham not assist the Eagles?

Don’t the Jaguars Also require help on D, assistance Dumervil can provide.

And what’s with the Bears offering  paltry $2 million to Brian Urlacher?

This year, the market has dried, so they say, a market where injury-prone Danny Amendola and the poor -route running Mike Wallace command more than Welker, Dumervil, Frenney, Abraham and Woodson combined.

Maybe, just maybe, there are other deals that have been struck, arrangements that the players are finding out first-hand about in free agency.

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