The Indianapolis Colts are changing everything that we are used to seeing. The general manager, the coaches, and now the quarterback are all gone. There have been many casualties, and some players do not want to go anywhere.
Dwight Freeney is a 7-time Pro Bowl selection, and has had 102.5 sacks since drafted in 2002, from Syracuse. Freeney is one of the most unique players in the NFL, not just for his physical attributes, but because he is a very intelligent football player. Some scouts have even said that he is one of the smartest players they have seen on that side of the ball. Freeney and Robert Mathis have been the driving force of their defense for many years, and as long as they don’t trade or release him it will continue at least one more year.
Freeney has one year left on his contract and the Colts will owe him $14 million, unless they move him. However, Freeney hopes that doesn’t happen. ““We’ll see what happens. I do have one more year left and I plan on playing that out. It’s a business. Obviously, I love this city. I love Indianapolis. I love everything about it. I plan on trying to stay. I have one more year left, so we’ll see what happens.”
Coach Pagano is defensive minded, and it would be surprising to see Freeney sent packing. That frontline just needs a little work in the middle, not on the outside. It would make no sense to release Freeney, and considering what has happened in the last 24 hours, I don’t know if Colts’ fans could take it.
I expect to see Dwight Freeney have his best year as an Indianapolis Colt, and that the Colts will re-sign him next year. He will retire as a Colt but then again, we all thought Peyton Manning would retire as a Colt too.
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