The Colts have confirmed the report that they’re moving on from Dwight Freeney, but they’re stressing the positives as they say goodbye.
Colts owner Jim Irsay released a statement saying the Colts have already decided to put Freeney in the franchise Ring of Honor when his career is over.
“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” Irsay said. “He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”
The Colts chose Freeney with the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, and he has recorded 107.5 sacks in his 11 seasons in Indianapolis. He ranks first in forced fumbles and fourth in sacks over the last 11 years, and he’s been chosen to seven Pro Bowls.