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Freeney could be out in Indy, too

Dwight Freeney, Matt Hasselbeck AP

On Monday, Silva pointed out that, with the Colts giving defensive end Robert Mathis a new four-year, $36 million contract that kicks out $17 million in 2012 alone, the team now has more than $30 million tied up this year in a pair of defensive ends who are on the wrong side of 30.

But they may not have that problem for long.  Dwight Freeney is entering the final season of a six-year, $72 million contract.  He has a base salary of $14.035 million, and (per a league sourcce) a cap number of $19.035 million.

Freeney, as a result, may be out.

Of course, he could agree to take less money.  But the problem is that he currently has no agent.  Gary Wichard died on March 11, 2011, the same day the lockout started.  He has not, we’re told, hired a new agent.

So, unless they intend to pay Freeney $14.035 million this season, the Colts will either have to negotiate a reduced contract directly with Freeney, or they’ll have to hope he finds a new agent.  If Freeney were inclined to take a pay cut, he presumably would have hired a new agent by now.

Either way, the change in Indy may include not only the team’s highest-profile offensive player from the last 15 years, but also the most important defensive player of the last decade.

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45 Responses to “Freeney could be out in Indy, too”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    Somewhere is a damp dark place in the most evil of reaches of the universe, Drew Rosenhaus rises and proceeds to dial one…Dwight Jason Freeney, muahhahahahahaaha.

  2. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 6, 2012 1:38 PM

    Welcome to Jacksonville!!

  3. skipbayless says: Mar 6, 2012 1:40 PM

    Damn. Peyton. Reggie. Freeney. Garcon. Saturday. RIP Colts.

  4. 1985bears says: Mar 6, 2012 1:40 PM

    ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease phil emery….. avril got tagged, but freeney would be FANTASTIC opposite peppers. especially if he would sign for a realistic amount. hey, a boy can dream, can’t he?

  5. terripet says: Mar 6, 2012 1:45 PM

    good get rid of him and get a guy who can stop the run

  6. clayton43 says: Mar 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    Not sure why the Colts resigned Mathis .. Yes I know he is a very good player… but lets get real.. If Luck is going to be your guy and is safe to say that it will take a couple of years for them as a team to be good… I would save the slary cap space on manning… Mathis and Freeny …the cap is going to go up in 2 -3 a reported 25 million or so .. I would just think they should start over and obviously going to get 3 decent players in this years draft and probably in tops of next years as well… I would save that money or bring in 2 -3 guys you are paying with the 1 to be competative.
    Just a thought…

  7. plum13sec says: Mar 6, 2012 1:52 PM

    nooo not dfree!

  8. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    Can people stop with the “welcome to (insert city name here)” posts for every free agent or soon to be free agent article? They are annoying.

  9. andyreidisfat says: Mar 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    Mr dwight would fit very well with what the birds do in the wide 9

  10. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    The _____ sure could use him

  11. packerman1968 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    The banners on The Oil Can ( Lucas Oil Field) are all going to have new pictures on it.

  12. supremeomega says: Mar 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    For his salary they can get an excellent starter at SS, OG, and CB…

    Plus in a 3-4 he may not be used as often. Can’t pay 19mil for a situational player

  13. xli2006 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    An Existential question about PFT…

    Is PFT in the business of reporting events and stories in the NFL… OR is it now trying to drive stories and speculate on what is about to happen in the NFL?

    When PFT first started out, it seemed that this site seemed to observe and report plus occasionally come up with the inside scoop. Recently it appears it is trying to create the story and throw out “news-bombs” about the NFL whether it is factual or not.

    Passing off speculation as news is what makes Cable News unbearable… please don’t let that be the norm here as well.

  14. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:06 PM

    Heard the same shmucks say welcome to Jacksonville for Robert Mathis. So how did that work out?

  15. robinandtony101 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    with Abraham asking for stupid money D’s birds needs to let him go and them get Freeney if this is true he maybe over 30 but he is an upgrade to dishonest abe

  16. brenenostler says: Mar 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    The Colts are going to have a lot of money to spend when Manning is released. I don’t see why they can’t afford all the other veterans.

  17. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    Bill are gonna sign him and V-jax. Mario goes to… Tampa?

  18. rajbais says: Mar 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    If he is gone, the Colts better get a first-round pick for him if they can trade him!!!

    If he has no agent he can always hire and get great benefits with Tom Condon!!!

  19. stillbleedingblue says: Mar 6, 2012 2:15 PM

    You all are dumb…Colts are not dumping Freeney or Manning.

  20. jakek2 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    Where are all the dopes condemning the Colts for cutting a player under contract?? I mean, you ALL give Osi crap for raising a stink about increasing his 6 yr 42 mil deal. He signed it, he should live by it…right?? RIGHT???? Osi and Freeney are about the same player with the same length of deals except Freeney is getting $30M MORE! Why aren’t you whining that the Colts should live with it?? HUH???? Owner lackeys, all of you!

  21. nflfollower says: Mar 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    Seems like there is always someone saying “welcome to jacksonville”. Is that you khan?? Newsflash, nobody wants to go to jacksonville as a free agent.

  22. halbert53 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:26 PM

    Indianapolis is pure purge-atory right now.

  23. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    Who would want to play for an organization that intentionally loses games?

  24. clayton43 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:35 PM

    xli2006….

    Of course PFT is now in the business of speculation…They get paid on clicks and are now at the mercy of production by NBC and just as the regular news media does now…Nobody reports just facts or what has actually happened. Now it is all speculation talk because that is what drives up ratings… What drives me crazy is the fact that the news media predicts and says certain things that make it sound like fact, but when they are wrong or you find out the truth later… they never admitt they were wrong .. they just report real story. I think it is called being an analyst now and not a journalist so you can say what you want without any merit behind it and nobody calls you out when your wrong.

  25. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 6, 2012 2:39 PM

    Man I want to see him in a Pats jersey sooooo bad. Especially if Reggie Wayne, Manning, and Garcon are gone.
    It just would be soooo funny.

  26. raviq10 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:39 PM

    And the Ravens sign Dwight Freeney and conquer the Superbowl…

  27. billybob91 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’d make the argument that Bob Sanders was more important to their defense than Freeney was when they were together. When Sanders was healthy, they were a top 10 defense and without him the defense was atrocious.

  28. humbleminded85 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:45 PM

    xli2006 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    An Existential question about PFT…

    Is PFT in the business of reporting events and stories in the NFL… OR is it now trying to drive stories and speculate on what is about to happen in the NFL?

    When PFT first started out, it seemed that this site seemed to observe and report plus occasionally come up with the inside scoop. Recently it appears it is trying to create the story and throw out “news-bombs” about the NFL whether it is factual or not.

    Passing off speculation as news is what makes Cable News unbearable… please don’t let that be the norm here as well.
    ————————————————-
    First off, I’m in total shock that they even let this through to the comments section. So congrats on that alone.

    Second, I agree 100% with your statement. The worst IMO are these headlines they come up with sometimes that never seem to portray the actual story. It’s like there not untruthful headlines so to speak, but very misleading. Also, why does every single story now need an opinion from the writer in it? What happened to just writing the story?

  29. micbg77 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:51 PM

    would love it if my team signed him but not for that price

  30. 1historian says: Mar 6, 2012 2:52 PM

    T’was 27 years ago this month.

    Everything that goes around, comes around.

  31. whatwouldlombardido says: Mar 6, 2012 2:59 PM

    “Newsflash, nobody wants to go to jacksonville as a free agent.”

    or for any other reason, either.

  32. havok82 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:59 PM

    Freeney is such a one trick pony it’s ridiculous. He’s on the wrong side of 30, too. Look, he’s been an elite pass rusher, but he doesn’t support the run and, outside of 3rd downs, he is destined to be a situational player soon. I’d cut him if I was Indy to save the cap room.

  33. miamimike1 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    Denver has plenty of salary cap room and they need help on defense. They add him with Dumervil on the other side and Von Miller rushing from his lifehack spot and Denver now has a unreal pass rush. Now go get a defensive tackle to fill in the middle and you have something to really work with. Still need other help but this would be a great start.

  34. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:06 PM

    Freeney is staying in Indy….at least for one more season. So you scavengers who are salivating over Colts castoffs, you are going to have to wait longer than you like. sucks, doesn’t it?

  35. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    And Mathis has been just as important as Freeney has been, probably more since he doesn’t take himself out of as many plays. Got to live these writers.

  36. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    Players go anywhere if the money is good. What do you think this is … Madden???

    I’d move to mordor for a few years for a 4 million dollar check

  37. trueski21 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:13 PM

    dwight to the jets

  38. phillyphan77 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    He would be a perfect fit in the Wide-9 in Philly.

  39. andyanapolis says: Mar 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    I’ve loved cheering for Freeney over the past decade.
    However, before you sign your team up to take him away from Indy remember that he got paid more than $1,000,000.00 per tackle this past year! 19 mil for 18 tackles.

  40. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:35 PM

    Nobody wants to go to the Jets.

  41. dolphan22 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:43 PM

    He is goin to be a great free agent signing for someone

  42. pfii63 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    Let me get this right…. the Colts have $42 million wrapped up in two players on the downside of their career?

    Boy that Bill Polian sure was a genius.

  43. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    A lot of contracts are back end heavy.

  44. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    Newsflash:

    No one wants to go to _______ as a free agent!

    Wow, I just … didn’t know!

  45. cmgww says: Mar 6, 2012 6:06 PM

    The reasons they are keeping Mathis over Freeney (if Freeney doesn’t restructure):

    1. He fits Pagano’s hybrid 3-4 D system better than Freeney. They obviously think he can play some downs as a stand up OLB type (Mario Williams).
    2. He’s younger than Freeney, and has never suffered a major injury. Freeney has had several: lis-franc in 2007, the ankle in the 2009 AFCC, etc.
    3. He was the lone bright spot on that terrible D last year, has a ton of energy and leadership…
    4. Freeney is not a run stopper. He’s one of the best pass rushers of all time, for sure, but he often takes himself out of running plays by overpursuing.
    5. Freeney has never played standing up and they may have concerns about that.

    I still think the Colts will find a way to keep both guys…but if DF goes, this is why

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