The Denver Broncos and QB Peyton Manning have shown some interest in trying to acquire 11-year veteran DE Dwight Freeney through free agency since he was recently cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Freeney got a text from Manning soon after he heard the news:
“He sent me a text and he just said, ‘Hey man, don’t worry, come play with me in Denver. I don’t know how serious it was but, you know, it’s good to hear some of your former teammates still follow you, they care and they want to see you succeed.”
I’m not sure if the Broncos are truly interested or if this was just a boost of confidence for the former teammate of Manning, but if the Broncos are interested and if Freeney does land in Denver then the Broncos pass rush could be very scary.
Yes, Freeney has started to decline at the age of 33, but if you out him on a defense against which opposing offenses already have to put their main focus on LB Von Miller and DE Elvis Dumervil, then Freeney could run free and rack up a ton of sacks as he did in his early years.
During Freeney’s 11-year career, he has averaged around 26 tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles per season.
Can you image trying to game plan against a defensive front that includes Dumervil and Freeney at each of the defensive end positions and then an OLB by the name of Miller who may be the best pass-rushing linebacker in the game. It is a scary thought for opposing offenses, coaches and of course, quarterbacks.
It’s easy to see why Manning would be interested in the Broncos making a move for Freeney and why Freeney should be interested in the Broncos as well.