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Dwight Freeney visiting the Patriots

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After 11 seasons with the Colts, Dwight Freeney may be joining one of their biggest rivals.

Freeney is visiting the Patriots today, Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports.

The Patriots have been seeking a veteran pass rusher and also have a visit scheduled with John Abraham. The glut of defensive ends on the market has led to several pass rushers signing lower-than-expected deals, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Patriots pick up a veteran defensive end at a reasonable price.

The 33-year-old Freeney may be slowing down, as his sack totals have declined from 13.5 to 10.0 to 8.5 to 5.0 over the last four seasons. And he wasn’t a particularly good fit in the defense that new coach Chuck Pagano installed last season in Indianapolis.

But for some team he could still be a valuable part of the defense, at least as a situational pass rusher. That team may be the Patriots.

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  1. ravenmuscle says: Mar 15, 2013 9:01 AM

    Glad to see the Patriots continue to get OLDER AND OLDER…love that AGING defense

    Grandpa Freeney should fit well with toothpick bones Amendola.

  2. ampats says: Mar 15, 2013 9:03 AM

    With all the visitors in Foxboro today, I think I will head down to the CBS Scene for lunch today. Very excited about the possibilities to join the Pats for the 2013 season.

  3. zclorz says: Mar 15, 2013 9:06 AM

    Wait until Dumervil gets released and make a run at him… The Broncos-Patriots match-up would be even more interesting

  4. bettis3636 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    A TRUE rivalry is Pitt vs. Balt… i cant stand how they call a battle between QB’s a rivalry!!

  5. obsession55 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    NOOOOOOOO!!!! DONT DO IT DWIGHT!! You have way too much class to do something like this

  6. thegronk87 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    So many pats visits, I guess these guys didn’t get the Suggs memo.

  7. eastsideballa says: Mar 15, 2013 9:21 AM

    Come to Detroit, we need a team leader.

  8. sportsstar4u says: Mar 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    Say it ain’t so Freeney? Don’t go to the Patriots. Come to the Broncos after they cut Dumerville today.

  9. patriotinvasion says: Mar 15, 2013 9:24 AM

    Do it Bill. Pay the Colts back for having to see Vinatieri win another ring in blue and white.

  10. terripet says: Mar 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    this guy is all done he his horrible against the run

  11. chiwizlive says: Mar 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Good keep him away from the broncos!!!

    #Broncos

  12. justafanofitall says: Mar 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    Look at all the veterans that are jumping to their rivals…and the packer fans booed Favre when he went to the vikings. Freaky unbelievable….

  13. kepdogg23 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    Thanks for the memories Dwight, but come on…anyone but the Pats!!

  14. mstella804 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:32 AM

    I think playing him a situational pass rusher will help by taking pressure of Jones and Ninkovich

  15. adx321 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    Yeah I’m sure they will give him 12 mil a year lol

  16. billinva says: Mar 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Florio must be outraged. They need to close the Freeney Loophole immediately!

  17. tkm678 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Like they say, a great deep threat wide reciever can “Take The Top Off A Defense”, a great pash rusher can “Take The Bottom Off An Offense”…but does Freeney still have it in him?

  18. ctsharpwins says: Mar 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    This is not surprising. Freeney spends most of his time in the offseason in CT where he’s from.

  19. jgava19 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:46 AM

    Won’t happen.

  20. terripet says: Mar 15, 2013 9:47 AM

    Pats go after players ready to retire

  21. bloomingtonindy says: Mar 15, 2013 9:49 AM

    I cannot picture Freeney wearing anything other than a Colts uniform. But, if he does end up with the Patriots, at least he is not taking a step down at the end of his career. Hopefully he will play in a scheme that will allow his talent to excel.

  22. sschmiggles says: Mar 15, 2013 9:54 AM

    A few hard-nosed vets is exactly what the Pats’ defense is missing. The only one they have now is Wilfork. Signing older players isn’t always a bad thing.

    I’d rather see them sign Abraham, but either one would help our pass rush and bring more experience/attitude to the team.

  23. hartleechung says: Mar 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    Pats needs attitude. Does this guy have it? He was always pretty good a few years back.

  24. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    Seahawks might have room…

  25. httr21 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    Class act all the way!

  26. hoosiercolts says: Mar 15, 2013 10:07 AM

    Dear God, no!!! If my favorite Colt of all time were to sign with the fuggin Pats… Well…. That would suck very much bad.

  27. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Mar 15, 2013 10:07 AM

    Boy, that would be a kick in the hang-ya-downs for Colts fans if he signed with the Pats.

  28. wheresmyjuice says: Mar 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    You know this is merely a rumor. Billy B doesnt acquire defensive upgrades. I hear they are in the market though for a TE.

  29. patsfiend says: Mar 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    Freeney > Abraham

  30. patriotinvasion says: Mar 15, 2013 10:17 AM

    @ravenmuscle Ahhh, the Pats haven’t had an “aging defesne” since about 2008. They had just about the youngest defense in football last year.

    Adding experienced vets in limited roles to compliment guys like McCourty, Spikes, Hightower, and Jones is good for them.

  31. stataddict says: Mar 15, 2013 10:18 AM

    ravenmuscle says: Mar 15, 2013 9:01 AM

    Glad to see the Patriots continue to get OLDER AND OLDER…love that AGING defense

    _____________________________________

    Right. Except for the fact that the Patriots had the 8th youngest team in the NFL last season.

  32. patriotinvasion says: Mar 15, 2013 10:19 AM

    terripet says: Mar 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    this guy is all done he his horrible against the run
    ____

    Good thing the Pats have Wilfork and would only need Freeney doing his spins and stunts on obvious passing downs. They wouldn’t bring him in to be the 2006 version of Dwight Freeney. Just need his leadership and experience along with 5-8 sacks.

  33. mrphelps01 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    Robert Kraft is way too cheap to pay Dwight Freeney. He lied to to Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and all of “Patriots Nation,” such as it is. Long time Pats’ fan here, but these guys symbolize much of what is wrong with this country.

  34. realskipbayless says: Mar 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Mar 15, 2013 9:01 AM
    Glad to see the Patriots continue to get OLDER AND OLDER…love that AGING defense

    Grandpa Freeney should fit well with toothpick bones Amendola.

    Sorry to break this to you but Amendola is on offense.

  35. flash1283 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    ravenmuscle says: Mar 15, 2013 9:01 AM

    Glad to see the Patriots continue to get OLDER AND OLDER…love that AGING defense

    Grandpa Freeney should fit well with toothpick bones Amendola.

    The Patriots have one of the youngest D’s in the NFL.
    Adding a couple of Vets is exactly what they need.

  36. javierjiminy says: Mar 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    Freeney will be an excellent pickup, because we would use him in a 4-3 DE. The only reason why he struggled these past years was because he was used as a 3-4 LB. Belichick will use Freeney well and place him in a situation where he can suceed.

  37. patriotslove12 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    Love both of these players even though they are a little older. We need a solid pass rusher opposite c. Jones and these are the two guys I was interested in, along with a. Wilson and talib. Finally, acting intelligent!

  38. skoodsports says: Mar 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    Typical Patriots. He’ll probably have 14 sacks next year playing strictly passing downs.

  39. darknyt74 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:52 AM

    @ravenmuscle

    Yep, that really old roster. You know, the one with the 9th youngest team in the NFL last year with the average age of 25 years, 274 days. Their defensive starters had an average age of 25 years.
    Veteran experience is what that defense has been lacking the past few years and bringing in a Freeney/Abraham and a Wilson/Reed is EXACTLY what that team needs.

    Everyone keeps waiting for that team to no longer be competitive, but yet they had the 9th youngest team in the NFL last year. I would say that fall from grace is still a few years away….

  40. bucckevin says: Mar 15, 2013 10:54 AM

    As old as Dwight is, he’ll still be an upgrade over some of their other pass rushers.

  41. jaxx377 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:54 AM

    @ravenmuscle

    The Patriots actually had one of the youngest defenses in the league last year with the average age of thier defensive starters being 25 and the oldest player being Wilfork at 30 and then Steven Gregoy at 27. They could use a few veterans players to come in and play situationally and mentor players like Chandler Jones (Dwight Freeney) and Devon Mccourty (Adrian Wilson) for example.

  42. elitekane says: Mar 15, 2013 10:58 AM

    Abraham > Freeney , at current stage of their careers.

  43. adx321 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    haha I posted

    Yeah like the Patriots are going to pay Freeney 14 mil

    and that got removed by moderators

  44. finscanes says: Mar 15, 2013 11:33 AM

    Abraham has a visit scheduled with Miami today as well. Not sure why PFT hasn’t reported this yet. But anyway..Cameron Wake opposite Abraham?!! Brady would be more pissed off than when he lost Welker!

  45. bobg0722 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:36 AM

    tkm678 says:Mar 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Like they say, a great deep threat wide reciever can “Take The Top Off A Defense”, a great pash rusher can “Take The Bottom Off An Offense”…but does Freeney still have it in him?

    They Say? Nobody says that you just made that up. Freeney old and tired and so are your jokes.

  46. bostoncommon says: Mar 15, 2013 11:44 AM

    mrphelps01 :Robert Kraft is way too cheap to pay Dwight Freeney. He lied to to Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and all of “Patriots Nation,” such as it is. Long time Pats’ fan here, but these guys symbolize much of what is wrong with this country.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yes. May a sinkhole swallow Gillette Stadium. May Kraft’s forked tongue turn black. May Brady decided to retire, and may the Pats sign Bernard Pollard who runs into Belichick on the sidelines at 100 MPH. And may the Broncos go 16-0.

  47. azarkhan says: Mar 15, 2013 12:12 PM

    The young Patriot defense doesn’t need Grandpa Freeney. Let him go to an old team like the Ravens and play with 30 year old Suggs and 35 year old Reed.

  48. phinfan says: Mar 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    Doh

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:37 PM

    “mrphelps01 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 10:22 AM
    Robert Kraft is way too cheap to pay Dwight Freeney. He lied to to Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and all of “Patriots Nation,” such as it is. Long time Pats’ fan here, but these guys symbolize much of what is wrong with this country.”

    Yeah right you’re a long time Pats fan. If you were you’d know that the Pats have spent right to the cap or very close to it every single year the Kraft has owned the team. They are never 20-40 mil under it like the teams that are actually cheap.

    You’d also know the Pats don’t overpay players based on emotional touch feely fans.

    You’d also know that Kraft is one of only 2 owners in the NFL that paid for their own stadiums instead of extorting hundreds of millions from the taxpayers during a horrible economy.

    You’d also know about the extensive charity work and contributions Kraft makes.

    So no, you’re not a Pats fan and unlike the ignorant people who like to say so, Kraft is not cheap.

  50. jmc000 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:01 PM

    @ravenmuscle

    lol aging defense. it’s one of the youngest defense in the NFL.

  51. patriotinvasion says: Mar 15, 2013 1:01 PM

    Teams that spend up to the salary cap can never be called “cheap” for not giving some player a big deal. They’re going to spend the same amount of money either way. Picking and choosing how to distribute it is the art of it all.

  52. patriotslove12 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:12 PM

    Would love to see Dwight in a patriots uniform! If not, i’d be equally content with J. Abraham.

  53. Ridley Me This says: Mar 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    I know a lot of people already pointed out how wrong ravenmuscle was with his inane comment, but I would like to point out the irony of how old his ravens defense was last year.

    And the pats only have 2 players with more than 5 years in the league, wilfork(9) and gregory(7).

  54. bcgreg says: Mar 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    @ ravenmuscle

    Get a clue. Here’s the 2-deep defense followed by each player’s age.

    Ninkovich–29
    Wilfork–31
    C Jones–23
    Mayo–27
    Spikes–25
    Hightower–23
    Dennard–23 (if he stays outta jail)
    Talib–27 (UFA)
    McCourty–25
    Gregory–30
    Cole–29 (UFA)
    Arrington–26 (UFA)
    Tavon Wilson–22
    Bequette–24
    Cunnungham–24
    Francis–24
    Deaderick–25
    Love–26
    Fletcher–26

    So where is this age you’re speaking of? Seems to me the Pats could use some experience. Personally, I’d love to see them get Ed Reed and either Abraham or Freeney. Also, Marcus Pollard (28 years old) is now available. He could provide a certain toughness lacking in the Pats D. Do your homework. Don’t let the glare of the Lombardi blind you to the facts.

  55. dylude says: Mar 15, 2013 2:03 PM

    Blow to my Colts heart if this were to happen.

    Say it ain’t so!!!

  56. toonsterwu says: Mar 15, 2013 4:06 PM

    This would be a very nice move if they could land him. Since they run a lot more 40 fronts now, Freeney fits on base and pass-rushing situations. He adds a bit more burst off the edge than Rob Ninkovich, and giving them a rotation of Ninkovich/Freeney/Jones would really improve things up front (also … an improved pass rush can only help the secondary).

    With Freeney and Abraham going in, it looks like the Pats are clearly looking for another pass-rusher to add to the mix. They make a bit more sense than Dumervil, b/c even if Dumervil’s contract is out of whack (and I agree with Elway), he’ll want a sizable amount of money. Freeney or Abraham are likely to come cheap.

    If they can land another pass-rusher, they would still need to address their big need at CB, a speed WR (Sanders would be an intriguing get), and depth on both sides of the trenches.

  57. ddogdaddy says: Mar 15, 2013 11:04 PM

    I having a hard time with this. Seeing Freeney in the enemy’s uniform would be tough but I would be happy to see him go out with a good team. He deserves it. Used as a speed rusher he can still be a force. Best of luck #93 and thanks for the memory’s.

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