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.

57 responses to “Dwight Freeney visiting the Patriots

  1. 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. 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. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. @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.

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. @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….

  16. @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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.
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    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.

  20. 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.

  21. “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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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).

  24. @ 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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