Colts' $72 million man

Colts' $72 million man

There are 136 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 13, 2007, titled Colts' $72 million man. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

After five years of chasing quarterbacks, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney will be paid like one.

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Annom

Crown Point, IN

#1 Jul 14, 2007
Irsay can shell out that kind of money for a player but he cant pay for his own stadium..... I wonder what kind of deal him and Peterson have.

Bart Lies!!!!!
Go Colts

United States

#2 Jul 14, 2007
I love Football. I love the NFL. I love the Colts!
HOWEVER, Paying these PLAYERS to play a handful of games is absolutely crazy!!!
Tokin42

Union, KY

#4 Jul 14, 2007
Glad they got the deal done. Freeney and Sanders are the cornerstones on a defense that needs all the help it can get. Now that he's made his money, lets hope he still plays like he needs that contract.
RGW

United States

#5 Jul 14, 2007
I knew I should have focused on athletics in college instead of those degress in math and science.
RGW

United States

#6 Jul 14, 2007
sorry degrees!
Taxed to Death

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 14, 2007
Wow!

"Spinner" is worth more than Osama bin Laden!

We just doubled the bounty on bin Laden to $50 million and that's for his head on a platter.
Comment

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Jul 14, 2007
As a Colts fan, I am glad we retained Freeney. But his salary just shows how skewed things are in America...paying that kind of money to someone to play football is crazy. And living in a city that supports that kind of craziness while taxes increase and the quality of life deteriorates is double craziness.
Lightbody

Lake Worth, FL

#9 Jul 14, 2007
Part of Freeney's contract should have included another $50 million for sacking Osama bin Laden. With that incentive, he'd find him!
ploink

United States

#10 Jul 14, 2007
guess i can use my degree as toilet paper
Maxx

Pineville, LA

#11 Jul 14, 2007
Is the money sports players make ridiculous? Yes.
But, I doubt that anyone would turn that money down if it were offered to them.
As long as owners are willing to pay out the ever rising prices for players, it will continue.
You can thank Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner.
voice of reason

United States

#12 Jul 14, 2007
Settle down people. No one is paying Dwight Freeney your tax dollars. He has a skill that is unique and valued. If you want to be paid this type of money I suggest you develop a skill that is just as in demand and watch the money roll in.
grover

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Jul 14, 2007
What the Colts get paid and the financial condition of our city and state have precious little to do with one another since the Colts aren't paid out of tax dollars. The contrast between the two simply shows the alarming difference in what we truly value in our society.

In a just world, police officers, teachers (the good ones), and the military would all get paid a heck of a lot more, and athletes -- who are really in the entertainment industry -- would get paid a heck of a lot less.
Lindy M

Nashville, IN

#14 Jul 14, 2007
6yr/72mil with a 30mil signing bonus!
This has to be some kind of joke. Reporters better start checking because Irsay might be abusing prescription drugs, again. Ain't no way on earth Freeney is worth that money. He better start giving his agent some intense "booty-kissin" because that man just pulled off the deal of the century. Freeney better start playing like a man with a mission.

I wonder how many have already paid for their season tickets before the property tax bills came out? This would make Freeney's contract a bitter pill to swallow.
Stumblebum

United States

#15 Jul 14, 2007
Taxpayers pay for rich team owners to have stadiums; team owners give vast and ridiculous contracts to players with the money they would have spent to build their own stadiums. Who is to blame? People who voted for the politicians who transferred the wealth.
say what

Springfield, IL

#16 Jul 14, 2007
grover wrote:
What the Colts get paid and the financial condition of our city and state have precious little to do with one another since the Colts aren't paid out of tax dollars. The contrast between the two simply shows the alarming difference in what we truly value in our society.
In a just world, police officers, teachers (the good ones), and the military would all get paid a heck of a lot more, and athletes -- who are really in the entertainment industry -- would get paid a heck of a lot less.
You are an idiot. I guess that sales tax on Donut counties that pays for their new stadium is not tax money being paid to the Colts because Irsay gets profits from it. You are right, how did they ever link those two together? What a joke Irsay puts in 10% and gets 50% of everything...even when it isn't even a Colts related event..WHAT A F'ing JOKE!
Park Ave

Jeffersonville, OH

#17 Jul 14, 2007
THe NFL are bunch of socialists who they they deserve welfare handouts from the state's wealth because they can't afford to run their businesses like true capitalists.
PHOENIX

Canton, MI

#18 Jul 14, 2007
it's a waste of money. How much help could have been paid for with this money? It looks like the defense will be last in the NFL again.
Art

AOL

#19 Jul 14, 2007
I dunno, there are a couple of middle linebackers I would trade Freeney for.
Joe

Granger, IN

#20 Jul 14, 2007
Imagine what the comments would have been today had the Colts actually lost the Super Bowl.
WAB

United States

#21 Jul 14, 2007
I wonder if he can spare a little towards my taxes?

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