As the Colts continue to clean house, rumors are circulating that phone calls have been made to several NFL teams concerning a trade for Pro Bowl defensive end, Dwight Freeney. Freeney is one of many Indianapolis players who have contracts up for review. Freeney signed a six-year contract extension with the Colts in 2007.
Indianapolis already cut Peyton Manning earlier this week, and last week agreed to re-sign defensive end Robert Mathis. This off-season, Colts have fired general manager Bill Polian, head coach Jim Caldwell, and gutted most of their coaching staff.
With new head coach Chuck Pagano coming in from Baltimore, there is a good chance that the Colts will switch up their light and speedy Tampa-2 defense, in exchange for a more smash-mouth style. Mathis may very well be moved or rotated to a linebacker position, which wouldn’t leave much room for Freeney to wreak the havoc off of the end that he’s used to. The question would be, what will a team offer up in exchange?
Freeney is a 7-time Pro Bowler. He has played in 149 games in 11 seasons, with 293 tackles, and 42 forced fumbles. His 102 sacks are the most all-time in Colts history. Freeney was the 2005 AFC Defensive Player of the year. He led the NFL in sacks once, with 16 in 2004.