Doug Free's contract among NFL's worst
October, 25, 2012
ESPN.com sports business writer Darren Rovell was asked to come up with the worst contracts in professional sports for Playbook's Dollars blog. And after he came up with his "top" 10, ESPN asked NFL Insider John Clayton to come up with the league's 10 worst current NFL contracts.
9. Doug Free, RT, Dallas Cowboys (six years, $48 million): Jerry Jones thought he got a steal when the Cowboys signed Free, then a left tackle, to this contract last year. The coaching staff moved him to right tackle this season, and he's struggled in the transition. Free and left tackle Tyron Smith have been among the league leaders in penalties this season, making things tough on quarterback Tony Romo.
To the relief of other pro sports owners around the Metroplex (sorry, Jerry Jones), Free's deal is the only local albatross of a deal worthy of being "Worst current contract" fodder.