Amid reports that the Colts are shopping defensive end Dwight Freeney, owner Jim Irsay has taken to Twitter (where else?) to declare that Freeney isn’t available.
“The only people hoping for trade with Free#93 are the ones that have to play against us…he’s MAYHEM with plenty of gas left in the tank!” Irsay said.
It’s easy for Irsay to say that now, given that the draft has moved deep into round five without the Colts moving Freeney. Peter King of SI.com reported previously that the Colts would “love to get a good pick” for the veteran defensive end. Now that all the good picks are gone, the Colts have no choice but to deny the rumors.
Freeney is entering the final year of his contract, with a cap number in excess of $19 million and a base salary of more than $14 million. He’s moving to outside linbacker in the team’s new 3-4 defense.