It’s been presumed since Ryan Grigson took over as GM and Chuck Pagano was named coach that Indianapolis wouldn’t remarry Freeney after eating a $19 million cap hit in the final year of his deal.
Freeney still has pass-rushing skills. But he turns 33 on Tuesday, and he’s not suited for the 3-4 that Pagano runs.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star said the Colts have told Freeney and often-injured receiver Austin Collie that they won’t look to re-sign them. The team released an announcement regarding Freeney a bit later.
“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in the news release. “He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”
And so Freeney will explore free agency for the first time.
He might find limited opportunity. I’ve speculated the ideal scenario would be a 4-3 turf team that plays indoors.
How many teams fit that bill? The Cowboys and Falcons jump to mind.
Market for Freeney could be limited
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