Dwight Freeney Could Make Big Impact for New England Patriots

By Devin O'Barr
Dwight Freeney in the tunnel.
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Dwight Freeney was an absolute menace for the Indianapolis Colts during his eleven year tenure. You have to think that the New England Patriots know Freeney’s destruction all too well as he was the leading force to the 2006 Colts team that dethroned the Patriots prior to winning Super Bowl XLI.

Seven years later and Freeney is a free agent and could very well end up in Foxboro if the Patriots are willing to sacrifice reps for their younger defensive ends. At 32-years-old Freeney’s role has changed mightily over the years, but he still remains a defensive force to be reckoned with.

The Patriots ran away with the AFC East this season winning five more games than the second-place Miami Dolphins who won just seven games last year. However, their defense was lacking last season allowing 5,972 yards which ranked them 25th in all of the NFL. In my mind I think the biggest beneficiary would be second-year player Chandler Jones who excelled in his rookie campaign, but could use some tutelage at just 22-years-old.

Jones had six sacks in his rookie season and adding the devastating Freeney spin move to his arsenal would make him an even bigger threat when facing the AFC’s best offensive linemen.

Surely this move might be a bit of a stretch but I think if anyone is going to make a move like this it would be the Patriots as they value veteran leadership and it has been lacking on the defensive end for quite some time. Worse case scenario Freeney would turn into an end who comes in on obvious passing downs and makes a difference that way.

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