Former Colts Dwight Freeney jumps on several teams' radar
Dwight Freeney may not be the same old dynamic edge player but he is still one of the more coveted free agents on the market this offseason and may easily land with a potentially playoffs contending team following his official transition as a free agent following the March 12 deadline.
The 33-year-old Dwight Freeney is already seeing some exciting possibilities with several other teams including the Denver Broncos, since quarterback Peyton Manning seems to be interested in recruiting Freeney this offseason.
"He (Peyton Manning) sent me a text…We'd love to have you," said Dwight Freeney."I don't know how serious it was but, you know, it's good to hear some of your former teammates still follow you, they care and they want to see you succeed.”
And Dwight Freeney couldn’t escape the NBA All-Star Game this weekend with another supposed recruitment attempt. Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson reportedly told Dwight Freeney the Vikes would “love to have” him.
Dwight Freeney was shifted from his defensive end to rush outside linebacker under the 3-4 defensive scheme in Chuck Pagano’s first year with the Indianapolis Colts last year. Dwight Freeney had his worst career season since an injury-filled season in 07, registering only five sacks in 2012. Dwight Freeney would be a more logical fit a more situational role within a 4-3 defense.
The Indianapolis Colts have been lately on a campaign to get the franchise younger. Dwight Freeney was one of the veteran casualties to end up as free agents this offseason.
"I was shocked at being released. I was stunned. I had a good year. I came back from an (ankle) injury earlier than I was supposed to. We made the playoffs,” said Dwight Freeney. “I always envisioned myself retiring as a Colt, but the team didn't make an offer. I got a pat on the back and they wished me well."
The 11-year verteran Dwight Freeney’s still got a couple of years left on him and while he has a reported interest in the New York market, the Atlanta Falcons could also be pursuing defensive ends this season, after potentially parting with veteran John Abraham. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is already throwing suggestions about who could fit the bill.
"I would love to see Dwight Freeney in a falcon uniform next year I hope that's not tampering," Roddy White wrote on Twitter.
"Where I go depends on offers and scheme (preferably 4-3). But the biggest thing is the team has to be competitive,” Dwight Freeneyset out his demands. “I'm not saying they have to be in the Super Bowl every year. But one or two players away from the playoffs or making playoff runs."