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Freeney: “I’m not like LeBron trying to leave the team”

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Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is 32 years old. He’s due a whopping $14.035 million base salary. Indianapolis is changing defensive schemes for the first time in Freeney’s career. But new coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson want to keep their top pass rusher, and Freeney has bought in.

“I’m kind of old school when it comes to that thought,” Freeney told Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio. “I’m not LeBron trying to leave the team. I’m more like the era of Magic and Lawrence Taylor, who stayed with that same team for their entire careers win, lose, or draw. They were married to the city they were drafted in. You go through the tough times and great times with them, and that’s it. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Collecting over fourteen million bucks surely makes life easier, but Freeney’s approach is honorable in the sense that the Colts lost 14 games last season and must rebuild the roster. They do plan to be competitive in 2012, however, and have demonstrated that by re-signing Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, while retaining Freeney despite large salary cap implications.

Freeney also reiterated that he is excited about playing more snaps as a stand-up outside linebacker after spending the past decade as a hand-in-the-dirt right defensive end.

“This is probably going to benefit me because I’m not in a ‘blackboard position’ where [offenses] know exactly where I am and what we’re going to do,” Freeney explained. “We’re going to be coming with various blitzes from different sides. I’ll be moving around, so I’ll be harder to find.”

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64 Responses to “Freeney: “I’m not like LeBron trying to leave the team””
  1. cush2push says: May 5, 2012 3:01 PM

    Im not like lebron i show up in the 4th quarter

  2. bchapman2011 says: May 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    Teams must not be interested in taking on his salary because it makes no sense for him to stay in Indy for all parties. Indy needs draft picks to rebuild and Freeney should want to go to a win now orginization. Even if Indy can only get a couple of late round picks it would be worth their while.

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: May 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    The difference of course the Cavaliers would have loved to pay Lebron James $14M.

  4. cannonballdookie says: May 5, 2012 3:04 PM

    Very courageous to play on a bad team for 14M, I applaud his sacrifices.

  5. dogluverssuck says: May 5, 2012 3:05 PM

    cush2push says:May 5, 2012 3:01 PM

    Im not like lebron i show up in the 4th quarter

    _______________________

    If you put up numbers like Lebron in the first 3 qtrs you wouldn’t show up either :)

  6. jeff061 says: May 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    He’s right, Lebron was young, at the top of his game, and everybody wanted him.

    Freeney is old, on the downside of his career, overpaid and nobody wants him

  7. tommyf15 says: May 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    I’m more like the era of Magic and Lawrence Taylor, who stayed with that same team for their entire careers win, lose, or draw. They were married to the city they were drafted in.

    Not that it matters, but:

    1. The NBA Draft rules have changed since then, but back in 1979 the Lakers and Bucks flipped a coin to determine the #1 overall pick. Johnson said at the time that if the Bucks got the pick he would have played another year at Michigan State. In other words, as critical as he was of LeBron, Magic didn’t want to get stuck spending his winters in a crummy city in the midwest either.

    2. Lawrence Taylor wanted to come out of retirement and play for Bill Parcells in New England. The team nixed the idea.

  8. jeziyo247 says: May 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    Just another cheap shot at kenton, what does he have to do with you? James is not the only star to change teams, in case you forgot Peyton manning is no longer a colt in fact, half your teammates jump ship to a new team.

  9. chiadam says: May 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    Freeney also has a ring. Another way he’s not like LeBron.

  10. gmen4life33 says: May 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    “They were married to the city they were drafted in. You go through the tough times and great times with them, and that’s it”

    Good old days….now 3 Olympic players talk about possibility of teaming up 3 years before their contract are even up. That would never cross the mind of players like Magic/Bird/Jordan/Ewing/Barkley/Stockton/Hakeem

  11. jeziyo247 says: May 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    Lebron, not kenton, I hate predictive text

  12. chiadam says: May 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    Here is what confuses me: we often rip athletes for leaving their team to try and win a ring elsewhere. We also tend to rip athletes for NOT leaving their team to win a ring elsewhere when their team stinks. Which is it? Does Freeney not want to win or should LeBron have been loyal to Cleveland?

  13. ispysomething7 says: May 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    That’s why Cleveland loves you Dwight. One day, we will celebrate in Canton!

  14. jaggedmark says: May 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    It helps Freeney already has a championship ring. That makes staying easier.

  15. wrossi81 says: May 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sounds to me like he’s not willing to restructure his cap number to be in a “win now” team, so he’s willing to take the $14M and just make the best of it. Can’t really blame him.

  16. kylecleric says: May 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    A lot of respect for those words.

  17. jwreck says: May 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Dwight may not be trying to leave the team but he also isn’t a multi-positional superstar entering the prime of his career with his services in demand by every team in the league. I’d say the temptation was considerably stronger for James to leave than for the 32 year old Freeney.

    And cush2push, if you’re still making LeBron 4th quarter jokes you clearly haven’t watched the Heat play this year.

  18. thetooloftools says: May 5, 2012 3:15 PM

    LeBron James was never a leader. Still isn’t, never will be.

  19. axespray says: May 5, 2012 3:15 PM

    Freeney explained. “We’re going to be coming with various blitzes from different sides. I’ll be moving around, so I’ll be harder to find.”

    Wouldn’t be suprised if Freeney makes a run for the DPOY award if this is the case then.

  20. ron292120 says: May 5, 2012 3:16 PM

    One major difference is Freeney has a championship, LeBron doesn’t……………

  21. fantom21 says: May 5, 2012 3:20 PM

    Yeah you’re not like LeBron, you can’t carry a subpar team(cavs) into the playoffs for 5 years straight…. Single handedly. Bum.

  22. jacobslatter says: May 5, 2012 3:22 PM

    I sure wouldn’t want to be LeBron James right now!

    Signed,

    Jay Cutler

  23. emoney826 says: May 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    Indy is going to a 3-4 scheme? Where the hell have I been?

  24. craigmaitland says: May 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    Freeney also has a ring.

  25. jg725 says: May 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    bchapman2011 says:
    May 5, 2012 3:03 PM
    “Teams must not be interested in taking on his salary because it makes no sense for him to stay in Indy for all parties. Indy needs draft picks to rebuild and Freeney should want to go to a win now orginization. Even if Indy can only get a couple of late round picks it would be worth their while.”

    8 10 i Rate This

    Why SHOULD freeney WANT to go to a “win-now” team??
    Can’t he just stay where he is because he is LOYAL to the team that drafted him years ago???
    I think his attitude is refreshing in this day and age.

  26. bamboozle99 says: May 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    You’re not one of the best players in the league, unlike Lebron.

  27. 86chawk says: May 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    Dwight 1 – Lebron 0 ! Need i say more?

  28. TeamBalco says: May 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    Objectively, I like the vibe I get from the Colts now that this PM BS is over and done with, don’t be surprised if the Colts win a few more games this year. 6-10???

  29. tonyugoh says: May 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    As long as he can still get to the quarterback, he’ll have a place on the Colts. Indy loves you Dwight and its nice to see that guys like him, Wayne, and Mathis have returned the favor.

  30. herlies says: May 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    Correct, you aren’t like LeBron.

    LeBron is bigger than you, faster than you, and younger than you.

    LeBron is a physical freak of nature. You however, are not.

  31. tonyromoisterrible says: May 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    Talk about a waste of money. 14 mil for a guy who is injured all the time, and a defense that sucks every single year. This rebuild is going to take ten years, and 5 coaches. The colts blow. On top of that luck sucks.

    So in recap. The team blows, they waste a number one number one on Luck and now they have to pay Freeney 14 million. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Irsay is as dumb as Woody Johnson. The colts suck!

  32. tommyf15 says: May 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    jg725 says: Why SHOULD freeney WANT to go to a “win-now” team?? Can’t he just stay where he is because he is LOYAL to the team that drafted him years ago???

    The day will come when that team isn’t very loyal to Freeney. In fact, that day may be upon us.

  33. jrfrom508 says: May 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    Welp as a pats fan who’s already had a lot of respect go him….. It’s on a whole new level now. Good man.

  34. stlrams908 says: May 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    Lmao classic

  35. backindasaddle says: May 5, 2012 3:42 PM

    It’ll be fun to see if Freeney can actually be put into coverage and not get burned. A 3/4 OLB has a whole lot more responsibilities than a hand-down DE.

  36. beeronthefridge says: May 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    You are right! In your sport, you are not even 10% of what lebron is in his!

  37. footballfan84 says: May 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    I love it!

  38. yoker22 says: May 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    1) Pretty easy to profess loyalty (and take shots at Lebron James) when you are on the downside of your career and are due $14 million.
    2) Does Dwight know who he plays for? Colts know all about loyalty. Just ask Baltimore and Manning.

  39. staffordsyear says: May 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    Im flabbergasted how people can like mebron james..just a selfish personality no guts kinda player..and hes not funny in the least.

  40. burgundyngold4evr says: May 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    I can think of 2 reason of why Dwight would stay in Indy

    1. $14.035 million this season

    2. He already has a ring

    Back when Lawrence Taylor and Magic were playing, free agency was NOTHING like it is today. It really wasn’t a big part of the business.
    Lebron is hungry for a ring and may have found the pieces around him to win that ring. If I remember correctly Magic, Bird, and Jordan were not the only Hall of Fame player on there championship teams.
    Dwight needs to shut up or just say that he’s just in it for the money right now because loyalty has nothing to do with it at this point

  41. tluke25 says: May 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    Of course he’s not going to try to leave the team. He’s scheduled to make 14 million dollars this year. At 32 years of age and coming off a bad season, there is no way any other team in the league would even give him half of that.

    He should be very thankful the Colts haven’t asked him to restructure. If salarycap hog Manning had stayed with the team, that scenario could have likely happened.

  42. warrenmoon says: May 5, 2012 4:31 PM

    I’ve never met Freeney, but Lebron is a douche of a person

  43. cmb79 says: May 5, 2012 4:34 PM

    As a bred northeastern Ohioan, that is a beautiful line.

  44. dogluverssuck says: May 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    All this crap about “Old School”. Things change and no individual player has to worry about what other people will think about making decisions in his OWN life. Look at Chris Paul, Stoudamire, Carmelo Anthony, hell, even Barkely & Drexler followed Hakeeem in hopes of that ring.

    I’m sure Lebron has well over 100 million reasons to care less about what haters have to say :)

  45. cantonbound13 says: May 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Freeney played great in the Super Bowl & helped his team win a championship. He’s right, he is not LeBron.

  46. wdcskins says: May 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    “I’m kind of old school when it comes to that thought,” Freeney told Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio.

    -

    Jeez, if I’m a 32 year old pass rusher with declining effectiveness, and I’m getting paid 14 million this year, yeah, I’m old school. Like Socrates.

  47. tomtravis76 says: May 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    ” That would never cross the mind of players like Magic/Bird/Jordan/Ewing/Barkley/Stockton/Hakeem”

    - Jordan had Pippen, they added another superstar in Rodman for the 2nd 3 peat.

    -Magic and Bird had multiple Hall of Famers they played with their entire careers.

    -Ewing…you see how the Knicks treated him at the end and he jumped aroud the league. He went looking to joing a team that could make a run.

    - Barkley…well he joined up with Dream ,Pippen and Clyde.

    -Stockton didn’t go looking to join another team but he recruited heavily to get guys to join them in Utah.

    You win titles with Superstars.

  48. aresarrow says: May 5, 2012 5:03 PM

    I don’t understand the point bringing up the $14M “makes life easier.” If he’s not worth it, the Colts will cut him. If he means what he says, he’ll retire. Done deal.

  49. muckfodell says: May 5, 2012 5:29 PM

    If Freeney would have decided to leave, I am willing to bet he would not be the star of an ESPN clown show, with the sole intention of aggrandizing himself and jamming it in the keister of his adopted city.

    If LeBron had just left without the hoopla, he would not be viewed in such a negative light…

  50. bhester1906 says: May 5, 2012 5:30 PM

    It is easy for him to say that when he has already got his Superbowl ring. I bet if you were on this Garbage team with no rings you’d want out…

  51. tarheelpirate says: May 5, 2012 5:53 PM

    If he’s so loyal to the Colts, he should volunteer to take a pay cut to make his team better. When he does that, I’ll pat him on the back for his loyalty. Otherwise, he’s just feeding his ego.q

  52. bagjr387 says: May 5, 2012 6:07 PM

    a team built entirely for peyton manning is gonna have a rough year. good defensive players are getting old. not any good young players on D. no good DT’s. this team is gonna get run over. hopefully Luck can have Peyton like skill to get ahead of teams to help win games… but they wont stop the run

  53. jaydog76 says: May 5, 2012 6:09 PM

    jeziyo247 says:
    May 5, 2012 3:08 PM
    Just another cheap shot at kenton, what does he have to do with you? James is not the only star to change teams, in case you forgot Peyton manning is no longer a colt in fact, half your teammates jump ship to a new team.

     ______________________________

    Hey dumb azz, Manning didn’t jump ship, he was forced off of the plank. As were most of the other ex-colts. Why don’t you atleast do a little bit of research before making your self look like an idiot.

  54. billhicks666 says: May 5, 2012 6:52 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says:

    “…On top of that luck sucks….”

    Try to explain intelligently why you think Andrew Luck “sucks”. If you can’t, I guess you’re just a troll/hater.

  55. brealistic says: May 5, 2012 6:55 PM

    You girls crack me up, Lebron can’t do this Lebron can’t do that. yet Lebron is at the top of hs profession. One question to all you girls how many of you have your
    Appreal in any store, shoe contract
    How about 18.5 mil a year. Ok how about 10.5 mil. Home?

  56. billhicks666 says: May 5, 2012 6:55 PM

    People who think that Dwight Freeney is staying with Indianapolis out of loyalty are very naive.

    Freeney has 14.035 million reasons why he wants to stay in Indy. Period.

  57. saddolfinfan says: May 5, 2012 7:25 PM

    Dwight should talk to peyton and the colts front office about loyalty, if he was in demand, he’d be gone

  58. matthewcarlson1 says: May 5, 2012 8:21 PM

    Whatever.. its obviously about the money. Who else would pay him anything near that amount? Good try though.

  59. randallflagg52 says: May 5, 2012 8:33 PM

    I don’t know why the colts are even keeping Freeney. No way he is worth 14 mil at this stage in his career. Only had 8 sacks last season and with the switch to a 3-4 he probably will be even less effective. It’s not like the colts owe him anything, they have proven to be one of the most disloyal franchises in sports (Manning, Baltimore).

    I would think even if it was a 5th rounder it would make sense to trade this guy, they need to help Luck if they don’t want him to bust.

  60. footballfan84 says: May 5, 2012 9:16 PM

    Freeney should put that in a rap haha!

  61. wetpaperbag3 says: May 5, 2012 10:05 PM

    In all fairness to LeBron, it’s kinda hard to want to stay when your team FAILS to give you ANY help; even AFTER you up re-up your contract with them…yet they STILL don’t give you ANY help! Ilgauskis and an OLD Shaq and his suspect big toe? I’d leave too!

  62. peytonsneck18 says: May 5, 2012 11:46 PM

    @tonyromoishisgaylover, u are a pathetic loser, Luck doesn’t suck, u are a true hater, are u upset that luck will be better than IRG3? Go back to masterbatin to animal porn

  63. lameasish says: May 6, 2012 2:44 AM

    The LeBron hate is just plain dumb, it’s still cool to hate a guy for leaving a team? When freeny does nothing this year while getting wildly overpaid, I hope no colts fans say anything about him.

  64. jeziyo247 says: May 6, 2012 7:03 AM

    Hey jaydog76, did I hurt your feelings? If I did, sorry! Don’t go telling your mommy on me, let me rephrase myself so that you could understand. Dwight freeney situation is irrelevant when you compare it to Lebron. His comment makes it sound like he would consider changing teams but want to stay loyalty, james visited other teams intended to make a switch. All I meant was that a lot of star players who been with one team throughout their career, went to another team. Yes I know the colts cleaned house but a few players did choose to part ways and yes I know manning was released. Basically its not freeney call weather he stays or not, the colts could choose not to pay him 14 million and release him as well, then again if he’s worth it, they’ll pay him. IMO, he’ll probably restructure his contract so the colts could fill other needs.

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