So what did the Colts offer linebacker Dwight Freeney before deciding to part ways with the 11-year veteran.
Nothing. Zip. Nada.
Freeney told Wednesday’s PFT Live that the Colts made no offer at all before he received a call from owner Jim Irsay, G.M. Ryan Grigson, and coach Chuck Pagano advising the 2002 first-round pick that the Colts are going in a different direction.
Freeney realizes that, ultimately, it’s a business decision. In our view, it’s possible that the Colts knew Freeney wouldn’t accept the offer the Colts would have made, and that they didn’t want to offend him with a lowball number.
Or maybe the Colts simply want to move on, going younger in the second season of a 3-4 defense.
Freeney made clear that, moving forward, he prefers the 4-3. So if you’re a team that runs a 4-3, get ready to sprint to the phones on March 9, when the three-day legal tampering period begins.
Because there surely will be no illegal tampering regarding Freeney this weekend in Indianapolis.