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Freeney telling teams he’ll take Osi money now

ARIA Resort & Casino's 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational At Shadow Creek In North Las Vegas - Day 3

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Dwight Freeney hits a tee shot during ARIA Resort & Casino’s Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament at Shadow Creek on April 6, 2013 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)

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All offseason, free agents have been getting reverse sticker-shock, with the market not approaching what they found in previous years.

So now, the guys in it are forced to swallow a little pride, and admit they’ll take less if they’re going to find a job, with Dwight Freeney the latest to learn the economic lesson.

According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, former Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has lowered his asking price significantly the longer he’s been unemployed, going from an initial request for $8 million per year to nearly half that. Freeney apparently has told other teams he’d take a deal resembling Osi Umenyiora’s two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Falcons.

The Broncos have apparently moved on, after signing the more versatile Shaun Phillips this weekend.

Freeney should still be able to help someone as a third-down pass-rusher, but it’s clearly not as valuable a commodity as he thought it was a few months ago.