Broncos eye Dwight Freeney, John Abraham to replace Elvis Dumervil

3/25/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAfter the Denver Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens, the team has been considering options to fill the gaping hole on their pass rush. The Denver Broncos already had a contingency plan in place, in the event they failed to re-sign Elvis Dumervil, by inviting veteran pass rushers Dwight Freeney and John Abraham last Thursday. Earlier both also visited the New England Patriots but remain unsigned on the open market.
The Denver Posts’ Mike Klis reported that the Denver Broncos had Dwight Freeney as their No.1 choice and if that isn’t possible they might pursue John Abraham. But in a strange move, moments before Mike Klis posted on Twitter that the Denver Broncos were “expected to focus” on John Abraham while keeping Dwight Freeney as their fallback option.
Over the past two seasons, John Abraham has been the more productive player of the two amassing 19.5 sacks compared to Dwight Freeney’s 13.5 sacks during that stretch. John Abraham spent the past seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, registering 10 sacks despite being limited by injuries through the last stages of the season. The four-time Pro Bowler John Abraham also forced six fumbles and defensed seven passes helping the Atlanta Falcons finish at the top of the NFC at the end of the 2012 season.
Dwight Freeney wasn’t as productive, being moved from defensive end to linebacker last season so that he recorded just 12 tackles and five sacks in 14 games for the Indianapolis Colts while dealing with a leg injury. The season before Dwight Freeney was again unimpressive playing on a struggling run defense.
However, Dwight Freeney is younger than John Abraham and could be reunited with former long-time teammate Peyton Manning if he lands with the Denver Broncos. Dwight Freeney made two Super Bowl runs with Peyton Manning leading the Indianapolis Colts, while winning one title. Quarterback Peyton Manning tried to recruit Dwight Freeney early in the offseason after it became apparent the Indianapolis Colts weren’t going to keep him into the 2013 season.
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