Free agent Dwight Freeney says “I can’t see myself going to a non-winner’’ and the pass-rushing defensive end knows one team that fills that requirement.
Freeney said playing for the Giants “would be a dream’’ given “I grew up a Giants fan, all my life.’’
So it goes with NFL free agency, as prospective employers are usually viewed through rose-colored glasses. Freeney, recently cut by the Colts, is looking for a new home to continue his pursuit of opposing quarterbacks and — after so many years playing alongside Peyton Manning — the native of Hartford certainly would love to call Eli Manning a new teammate.
“I think the biggest thing I’m looking for is a contender, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Super Bowl team, at least it’s a team that is contending for the Super Bowl, in the playoffs and fits the things that I do,’’ Freeney said yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I played 11 years and I want to continue to win.’’
Of course, Freeney, 33, also is thinking J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets because that’s how free agents think.
“We’ll see, obviously Rex [Ryan] is a great guy, I actually know Rex, I met him a few times,’’ Freeney said. “Obviously playing in New York is obviously something that’s very attractive. Scheme-wise, I’m sure Rex knows how to free guys up. That would be a good fit, but a lot of teams would be a good fit. I’m an East Coast guy. It makes sense, it feels good but we’ll see the next few weeks who’s actually interested.’’
After 11 seasons with the Colts Freeney was sent packing as the franchise leader in sacks with 107.5. His production last season was way down — five sacks, 12 tackles in 14 games — as he struggled adjusting to a 3-4 defensive front after 10 years working in a 4-3. Still, Freeney is a seven-time Pro Bowler, a member of the NFL’s 2000 All-Decade team and will no doubt attract interest as a situational pass rusher.
Ex-Colt DE is in search of a winner
New York Post | Feb 21