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Friday, July 13, 2007

Freeney deal makes the Vikings look smart

The Indianapolis Colts made defensive end Dwight Freeney the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, with a six-year, $72 million contract that includes $30 million in guarantees, according to ESPN.

How is this relevant to the Vikings?

Tthe Vikings signed one of the league's top young defensive linemen, Kevin Williams, to a seven-year extension last December. Williams received $13 million in guarantees.

As good as Freeney is, I'm not sure he's more than twice the player Williams is.

This bolsters the Vikings' decision during the 2006 season to re-sign players such as E.J. Henderson, Bryant McKinnie and Williams. All three deals raised eyebrows at the time, but all three deals look like bargains now.

As for the Colts, I just don't see how they are going to be able to afford any other players, now that they've committed more than $60 million in guarantees to two players, Freeney and Peyton Manning.


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