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Nine Players Sue for Free Agency

Quarterbacks Bobby Hebert of the New Orleans Saints and Steve Beuerlein of the Dallas Cowboys and seven other players have sued the NFL for unrestricted free agency.

Taking the action Monday in a Philadelphia federal court, they made the same charges that will be tried in the Freeman McNeil case at Minneapolis on June 15, accusing NFL owners of unlawful restraint of trade.

Similar action has been taken by Marcus Allen of the Raiders and Albert Lewis of the Kansas City Chiefs. More than 1,000 other players are petitioners in Lewis’ class-action case.

Joining Hebert and Beuerlein in Philadelphia were Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons of the Philadelphia Eagles, Rod Woodson of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kevin Ross of the Chiefs, Jeff Dellenbach and Scott Mitchell of the Miami Dolphins and D.J. Dozier of the Detroit Lions.

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