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Freeney's deal cap friendly for 2007, 2008

Updated: July 21, 2007, 8:52 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The landmark six-year, $72 million contract to which the Indianapolis Colts signed star pass rusher Dwight Freeney last week, the largest contract ever awarded a defensive player in the NFL, is relatively salary cap-friendly for a deal of such magnitude.

At least for the first two seasons.

League salary documents reviewed on Saturday evening by ESPN.com show that not until the 2009 season, when the cap charge skyrockets to $11.22 million, will Colts management have to swallow hard ...

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