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Report: Colts won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie

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The Colts made a pretty severe break from the Peyton Manning era before the start of the 2012 season and there will be even fewer Colts from the old days around when the 2013 season gets underway.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have informed linebacker Dwight Freeney that the team will not be signing him to another contract. That means Freeney will hit the open market next month and sign with another team, likely one that plays a 4-3 front similar to the one he thrived in as a Colt before they switched his position while moving to the 3-4 in 2012.

Freeney had just five sacks in 2012 and didn’t look comfortable as an outside linebacker in the 3-4. He’ll be 33 in a week, so may be ticketed for more of a situational pass rushing role wherever he winds up next.

Kravitz reports that wide receiver Austin Collie got the same message from the team. Collie’s season ended in September because of a ruptured patellar tendon suffered in his first game back from a series of concussions. The Colts waited a long time for Collie, but the emergence of T.Y. Hilton as a rookie likely made it easier for them to move on. If Collie’s healthy, he could conceivably get a shot to reunite with Manning in Denver.

UPDATE 5:22 p.m. ET: The Colts confirmed that they won’t be bringing Freeney back. Owner Jim Irsay announced Freeney will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in the future.

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43 Responses to “Report: Colts won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 15, 2013 4:58 PM

    for freeney it is a year too late, shouldve cut him after last year, pay him 14 mill last season to have 5 sacks and like 10 tackles is ludacris!!! i thank him for the past play, and wish him luck in the future, and collie, im sad to say should just retire and enjoy his life

  2. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 15, 2013 5:02 PM

    Falcons have interest in Freeney.

  3. Ponder This says: Feb 15, 2013 5:03 PM

    Collie was a pretty good receiver in 2011. He might be a nice bargain because of his injury.

  4. anyslacking says: Feb 15, 2013 5:04 PM

    put him opposite chandler Jones. and put nico back at backer and well have a pretty tasty front seven in new England

  5. footballfan1976 says: Feb 15, 2013 5:08 PM

    He brings exactly what the Seahawks need.

  6. skoobyfl says: Feb 15, 2013 5:09 PM

    He’s going to Buffalo.

  7. bleedinpurple says: Feb 15, 2013 5:13 PM

    Both these players will land somewhere.

    Freeney can have a bounce back year in a 4-3.

    Wish them both luck as Colts are headed in a new direction and really lucked out in the draft.

  8. randallflagg52 says: Feb 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    Look for Pagano to start poaching players from the Ravens (he already did last year). Guess we’ll see how good Paul Kruger really is without a Terrell Suggs or a Haloti Ngata on the other side of him from him.

  9. smithopher says: Feb 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    Well now the cowboys might want to rethink resigning spencer, I feel like freeney still has a few seasons left as a dominant pass rusher if he plays in a 4-3 system.

  10. rajbais says: Feb 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    Freeney is going to be a Tampa-2 DE in Dallas, Minnesota, or sign as a rush end in Atlanta, New York Giants, New England, or Seattle.

  11. jtt183 says: Feb 15, 2013 5:23 PM

    Collie could be a good pickup for another team. He was very good in 2010 until the concussions. 57 receptions, 650 yards and 8 TDs in 8 games.

    Someone will pick him up.

  12. vietnambob2473 says: Feb 15, 2013 5:24 PM

    Freeney is not a 3-4 player and that showed last year. He would look pretty good lining up opposite elvis dumervil and with von miller on the outside.

  13. stoutfiles says: Feb 15, 2013 5:32 PM

    Collie will have a good year until Week 2 when he starts getting concussions.

  14. smithopher says: Feb 15, 2013 5:35 PM

    Joemontanawasthegreatest, you’re right, that would be a great addition for the falcons, too. You know who else would be disgusting with this guy? The Seahawks. With Sherman (as much as I hate how he runs his mouth) on coverage giving freeney any decent amount of time to get to the QB, freeney could bounce back and have like 15 sacks next season. With a healthy Clemons back, that defense could truly be an elite unit.

  15. smithopher says: Feb 15, 2013 5:43 PM

    Rajbais, I sure hope the patriots don’t sign him cause I like him and hate them, and the giants really don’t need him. Tuck and jpp make a great tandem. I think he will go to a contender, and the more I think about it, I’m not a betting man, but I’d probably place a wager that the Seahawks seriously pursue him. Get some targets for Wilson in the draft and bring this guy in as the major FA addition and that team is scary.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 15, 2013 5:43 PM

    I guess it’s National “Not Resigning Day” in Indy.

  17. comebackid says: Feb 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    Put him on the other side of Jared Allen.

  18. skippynj says: Feb 15, 2013 5:55 PM

    falcons should totally sign Freeney. With him on one side and Abraham on the other they’d have the most overrated, overpaid and underachieving set of door stops in the league. Pull that trigger, Dimeatrough!

  19. miamimike1 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:15 PM

    Denver has said they might look at Freeney to play end in their 4-3 .

  20. tonyugoh says: Feb 15, 2013 6:30 PM

    Dwight will always be one of my favorite Colts ever and its sad to see him go, but it was pretty obvious that he isn’t the same player he once was anymore and was a bad fit in the 3-4. Hopefully he joins Peyton in Denver, he’d be great as a situational pass rusher there.

  21. august1969 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:54 PM

    The Patriots can’t even afford both Welker and Talib. The market for his services will push the price tag way out of line for the Pats. It is fun to dream though.

  22. nyjets1017 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:54 PM

    He could lead the Jets in sacks with 5. He is prob lookin to sign his name.

  23. 4ever19 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:55 PM

    Freeney will be missed. Hope he lands some place and has a great end of an HoF career. Collie is a gamer. He should retire. I know it’s hard for a young man, but he has a family to think of.

  24. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:02 PM

    Pagano doesn’t know how to build championship teams. Luck will never touch confetti.

  25. packerman1968 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:14 PM

    Freeney is washed up, even before the defensive switch he was done. He would be alright on 2nd and long and third downs. But he is not the super star he was 5 years ago.

    Collie just should not play.

  26. l1onhe4rt says: Feb 15, 2013 7:26 PM

    Welcome to the silver and black!!

  27. pmangarola says: Feb 15, 2013 7:36 PM

    When Collie retires he won’t even remember the time he’s played with the colts with the amount of concussions he’s had

  28. ambitoos says: Feb 15, 2013 8:10 PM

    Welcome to San Diego Freeney. It’s a great place to retire.

  29. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Feb 15, 2013 8:17 PM

    Patriot fan here. Freeney is truly a great player. There’s been some great battles over the years. Best of luck to Dwight Freeney!!

  30. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:27 PM

    only thing san diego is knowned for is under achieving……….

  31. bkostela says: Feb 15, 2013 9:43 PM

    irsay tweeted:

    “thx 4 tha memrys dwite! ull b n tha rng of hnr!”

  32. blindzebras says: Feb 15, 2013 9:56 PM

    Please stop this Falcon’s talk. DFree will NOT be a falcon because the Falcons don’t have the money. No pay, no play. The Falcons can’t pay him.

  33. karlton3 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    I just hope wherever he lands he gets a chance to finally put a hit on Manning; he’s been wanting to since he got drafted.

  34. cmarsh64 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:36 PM

    Cowboys could use Freeney since they are going to a 4-3 Def. Paired with Ware that might attract Freeney’s attention.

  35. mackcarrington says: Feb 15, 2013 11:12 PM

    I might as well throw in my 2 cents and sound as smart and all-knowing as everybody else on here. I say there is a 99 per cent chance that Freeney will end up with one of the other 31 teams in the NFL !!

  36. vtopa says: Feb 16, 2013 12:53 AM

    Freeney to New Orleans.

  37. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 16, 2013 1:36 AM

    Was part of the glory years for the colts. I wish I could be 33 and looking at the downside of my career still making 7 figure salary!

  38. Derwin Worrell says: Feb 16, 2013 1:40 AM

    To ask Freeney to play OLB was ridiculous! He has always been a DE and for the Colts to take Mathis and Freeney and turn into OLB in a 3-4 was stupid. That’s why the Colts couldn’t stop anybody.

  39. Derwin Worrell says: Feb 16, 2013 1:49 AM

    Both Freeney and Osi will be on the Seahawks radar. But at our price. The Seahawks have money, but will not over spend. They have 10 picks in this draft and it is deep.

  40. balzer41 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:03 AM

    We should have got rid of him last yr.. He needs to be playing for a 4-3 team where all he has to concentrate on is rushing the QB. He’s God awful at defending the run and dropping into coverage.

  41. The AD says: Feb 16, 2013 8:44 AM

    How great would look in a Pats uniform as a situational pass rusher. Just what the secondary ordered.

  42. andylucksneck says: Feb 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    Who cares? Its the colts

  43. cowboysallday says: Feb 17, 2013 1:16 AM

    Forget spencer! Cowboys sign freeney! Him and ware would be unstoppable

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