A former NFL star and the man who helped him recover his football career, Brad Edwards, is suing the Colts over allegations that the team gave him preferential treatment in his negotiations with them.
Edwards filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, claiming that the Colts pressured him into signing a two-year contract in 2013 before he had been released from the NFL.
Edward, who is now the NFL’s vice president of legal affairs, filed the suit in March, alleging that he was “stolen” by the Colts from the New York Jets during the 2015 season and was forced to sign a two year contract.
The Jets made Edwards their first round pick in the 2016 draft.
He signed a four-year deal worth $16 million with the Jets in 2018, and played two seasons in the NFL with the team before returning to the Jets and becoming a free agent in 2020.
Edmunds claims that he and the Jets reached an agreement in January 2019, but he was let go in February.
The Colts have denied the allegations, saying Edwards signed a two or three year deal and was released before he signed the deal.
Edmonds attorneys, Richard M. Gergis and Michael D. Speros, declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying they will have to wait for the lawsuit to go before an Indianapolis judge.
Edmonds, who plays for the Buffalo Bills, has played for five NFL teams, including the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.