Here is my theory on what happened to Freeman...based on a gut hunch and not much more.
I think the real sand in the Vaseline was Winfield. Frazier probably really wanted Winny back and Spielman made the call to move on. He then signed with SEA for less money and didn't make the team, and if I recall correctly, Frazier kept saying things in the media like, "We're keeping in touch," and "We're still talking to Antoine." But, Speilman wanted to keep a little cap space for emergency mid-season pickups while Frazier still wanted Winny back...
When Spielman dropped that 3+ mil on Freeman Frazier got extremely pissed off because that money could have gone to Winny and helped the team much, much more than bringin in a 3rd string scrap heap QB. At that point in the season it was already painfully obvious that we were missing our nickel back, and I'm guessing, the writing was on the wall as far as Leslie keeping the job going forward.
Which led to Frazier making his point on Monday Night Football for better or worse for everybody involved.
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
"Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot