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Archive for Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Collusion charges dropped

November 6, 2002

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— The NFL Players Assn. has dismissed all claims regarding collusion charges against Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota.

The NFLPA had charged the teams with colluding in regards to their 2002 first-round draft picks. The Chiefs took defensive tackle Ryan Sims with the sixth pick and Minnesota went for offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie with the seventh.

The collusion charges were lodged when the players and their agents failed to come to terms with the teams. Sims did not sign until the end of training camp, and McKinnie did not agree to terms with the Vikings until Oct. 31.

The next day, special master Jack Friedenthal informed all parties concerned he had dismissed all claims "with prejudice."

Chiefs president Carl Peterson said he had never been involved in collusion charges "in my 25 years in the National Football League."

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