What Will Happen With Dwight Freeney and the Indianapolis Colts?

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The Indianapolis Colts turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 season considering nobody expected them to make a playoff run after finishing the previous year with a 2-14 record. What’s even more amazing is the Colts managed to reach the playoffs despite parting ways with key veterans like Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark.

With this in mind, could Dwight Freeney be the next veteran on his way out of Indianapolis?

Once again, the Colts are expected to go through more rebuilding this offseason and unfortunately for Freeney, his name could be part of the list of players the team decides to part ways with. Despite spending all 11 seasons of his career in Indianapolis, the 32-year-old Freeney is coming off one of his most disappointing seasons from a statistical standpoint as he only recorded five sacks in 14 games–the fewest of his career for a single season.

There was a time a few years ago when Freeney was considered one of the top linebackers in football, but it’s clear age is becoming a factor in his career and it may be in the best interest for both parties to go their separate ways at this point.

Indianapolis made it clear they’re not afraid to part ways with any of their players–no matter how long they may have been with the team. If they can do it to Manning, there’s no reason why the same couldn’t happen to Freeney before the start of the 2013 season.

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