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Dwight Freeney wants to retire in Indianapolis

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Defensive end Dwight Freeney has spent his entire 11-year NFL career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and he doesn’t want that to change.

But Freeney understands that he may not have a choice as he heads toward free agency next month.

Freeney was asked to move to outside linebacker as the Colts transitioned to a 3-4 defense in 2012. He struggled to find the same success in his new role posting just five sacks on the season. It was the lowest sack total of his career when appearing in at least 10 games in a season.

“It would be great to finish off my career as an Indianapolis Colt,” Freeney said, via Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com. “I’ve been there my whole career, and I don’t know anything different. … Ideally, it would be great to stay there. But it is a business, so we’ll see.

“Right now, I’m just thinking about Indianapolis until they tell me otherwise.”

The Colts have parted ways with several veterans responsible for their prolonged success over the last decade and Freeney may be the next in line. Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday and Joseph Addai have all moved on as the Colts turned over their front office. At 32 years old and coming off a down season, the Colts could elect not to re-sign Freeney.

Either way, Freeney likely won’t make nearly as much money next season. Freeney made over $14 million in base salary last season. Whether it’s with the Colts or elsewhere, his next contract will likely be significantly less.

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8 Responses to “Dwight Freeney wants to retire in Indianapolis”
  1. stewart09 says: Feb 8, 2013 7:39 AM

    i know it’ll be abit tragic but he never looked comfortable in the 3-4 and probably better for both parties for them to let him go to a 4-3 team and the colts add some new 3-4 based personal for the money he will cost.

  2. 4ever19 says: Feb 8, 2013 7:42 AM

    In this defense, it may be time for Dwight to move on. He will be missed, but you’d rather he go out in style than struggle in a role for which he is ill-suited.

  3. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 8, 2013 8:31 AM

    He would be a perfect fit in San Francisco. Niners are going to have to draft and get free agents for D line depth. Freeney could share reps with Ray McDonald & Justin Smith. Great locker room guy too.

  4. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:43 AM

    “Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday and Joseph Addai…”

    Really? You’re gonna put Addai in a conversation with those three and Freeney?

    C’monnnnn man!!!

  5. jayvee3 says: Feb 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    We’ll miss him but he should be able to go out in a role that actually fits him. He didn’t fit as a 3-4 OLB (though he wasn’t as bad as the sack numbers make it seem), and he really wouldn’t fit as a 3-4 DE (no way he could play in San Fran). If the Colts can’t keep him on for a cheap contract, then I hope he goes to a contender that runs a 4-3 (Atlanta?) and finish out his career in style.

    Good luck to him in whatever he does!

  6. malvaren18 says: Feb 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    Go to the Broncos, that will be nice Von Miller, and dumervil, Freeney

  7. 12thmantilldeath says: Feb 8, 2013 8:05 PM

    really guys? He had a down year in a 3-4 because his skill set is more suited for his hand in the dirt in a 4-3 and one of you says come to San Fran and another says come to Denver. Get real he’ll be right at home in Seattle.

  8. Nostrils10 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    “Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday and Joseph Addai…”

    Really? You’re gonna put Addai in a conversation with those three and Freeney?

    C’monnnnn man!!!”

    lol yeah not at that level, but you can’t hate on Addai, he was a player… always under appreciated for picking up a blitz for Peyton…

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