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Dwight Freeney to Sign with San Diego Chargers, not “Broke” New York Giants

May 18th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

'Dwight Freeney' photo (c) 2010, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Dwight Freeney said his dream would be to play for the New York Giants. His Father later said his heart was with Big Blue. Alas, that union will not happen and the veteran defensive end has agreed in principle with the San Diego Chargers.

So why didn't General Manager Jerry Reese, who admitted the team "would investigate' Freeney, not even schedule a visit? Well, as Hugh Freeney told it earlier this week, it's because the Giants are "broke."

"He'd love to be with the Giants, but the Giants unfortunately don't have the money for him. They're broke," Hugh said told Adam Schein.

The reality of the situation is that Freeney wanted more money than the Giants were willing to spend and not so much what they could spent. Even after signing linebacker Aaron Curry to a one-year deal, the Giants have approximately $4 million in cap space. And although financial details of the Chargers deal have not yet been made public, you can almost guarantee it will end up being more than the veteran minimum.

At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), Freeney's quest in free agency wasn't about playing in a "dream" scenario, but more about earning every last dime he possibly could on what will likely be his final NFL contract.

Should the Giants pursue any defensive end moving forward, it will likely be a familiar face in Dave Tollefson, who was on their radar earlier this year and remains unsigned.

Update: It's a two-year, $8.75 million deal for Freeney.

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Tags: Dave Tollefson, Dwight Freeney, Football, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL, San Diego, San Diego Chargers

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One Response to “Dwight Freeney to Sign with San Diego Chargers, not “Broke” New York Giants”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    Tolley……….Really………LOL. Remember, younger stronger faster cheaper is the mantra to be followed. I think Ojomo and Tracy represent a better options.
    I respect Tollefson and his past contributions. But…….no.

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