The idea of not bringing back Dwight Freeney in the upcoming season will like not be popular in most places, especially in the Midwest, but it’s for the best for the Indianapolis Colts and their future.
Granted, Jerry Hughes has not been that impressive, but this year’s draft class is defensive-heavy, and they could get his replacement easily. It would also be far cheaper than bringing him back for another contract, as Freeney could warrant something along the lines of three years and 30 million dollars, with the majority of the deal guaranteed.
Ezekiel Ansah would be amazing if he fell to the Colts, as he is the player that has soared up a lot of teams draft boards after a tremendous senior bowl performance. If Ansah has a great combine, he will be one of the top defensive ends/rush linebackers taken in April in New York City. Another prospect that could be interesting is Jackson Jeffcoat and his awe-inspiring 6′ 5″ 250 lb. frame. Jeffcoat is a second generation player as his father, Jim Jeffcoat, played for 15 years in the NFL.
All and all, the thought of Freeney not playing for the Colts might seem weird to their fan base, but they need to get a younger and hungrier pass rusher that can lead their defense into the future as the team continues to evolve.