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Saints could make a play for Freeney

Dwight Freeney AP

It’s widely assumed that, with the Broncos losing Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens, Denver will make a beeline for Dwight Freeney.

Especially since Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning began recruiting Freeney not long after the Colts announced Freeney wouldn’t be re-signed.

But things aren’t moving very quickly, possibly because Freeney (like Dumervil) is represented by CAA, which may be saying to the Broncos, “You know that deal you were offering to Dumervil?  Just give it to Freeney.”

Eventually, other teams could get involved.  Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that the Saints could jump in, if they lose cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the 49ers.

But there are two potential glitches.  First, Asomugha has been taking his time in choosing between the two teams.  Nnamdi may not have a new team before Freeney decides to make a decision.

Second, Freeney made clear last month during an appearance on PFT Live that he wants to return to defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, the position he played for his entire career before moving to linebacker in a 3-4.  The Saints currently are installing a 3-4.

New Orleans made a run for Paul Kruger, and recently hosted Victor Butler.  The Saints presumably will pursue other pass rushers.  With Freeney, however, the challenge would be to persuade him to stick with the 3-4 for a second straight season.

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21 Responses to “Saints could make a play for Freeney”
  1. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 7:28 AM

    And in the end the biggest loser is the Denver Broncos and their fans. Thanks to a fax error and Elway’s slimy negotiating tactics, Ravens picked up a stud. Cheers!

  2. uncletuna says: Mar 26, 2013 7:32 AM

    Why would the Saints sign him if they are going to a 3-4?

    The play for the Saints to make is to sign Michael Huff…

    Now that would do wonders for their secondary…

  3. rockee3 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:48 AM

    He will sign with Broncos because they feature the 4-3 , and they should be a serious contender.

  4. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 8:09 AM

    Which ever state has the lowest tax bracket would be the one I choose!

  5. lightcleric says: Mar 26, 2013 8:11 AM

    He can still be an impact player and last year I would have loved to have him. However, as the story noted, we’re making the switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 and I would rather pass on him this time. We already have several players(Vilma, Ellis, etc.) that may not fit into the 3-4, I don’t see anything good coming from throwing another guy into the mix.

  6. sb44champs says: Mar 26, 2013 8:32 AM

    Not sure who I would want more out of Asomugha and Freeney but I’m leaning more toward Freeney, we need some pass rushers..

  7. johnclaytonsponytail says: Mar 26, 2013 9:27 AM

    A good pass rusher can make a DB look good

  8. denverdave3 says: Mar 26, 2013 9:49 AM

    ravenator says:

    And in the end the biggest loser is the Denver Broncos and their fans. Thanks to a fax error and Elway’s slimy negotiating tactics, Ravens picked up a stud. Cheers!

    You must not know much about contracts. It takes two or more people to complete a contract. Dumervil could have met the Broncos weeks earlier if he wanted to, but they all waited to the last minute. Furthermore common sense suggests that Dumervil fired his agent for a reason, what do you suppose that might be?

    Finally, let me give you a little secret about Dumervil that seems to go unsaid elsewhere: He jumps off sides in half the games. This is usually the kind of thing that keeps drives going for the other team and is therefore roughly the opposite of a sack, in which the defense usually stops the drive. if you subtract the 5 times he helps the other team from the 11 sacks he gets, you have much less net-effect on the games than the sacks, by themselves suggest.

  9. ravenator says: Mar 26, 2013 10:00 AM

    …but you still wanted him on your team. To say otherwise would be foolish. Blame also is placed on your slimy greaseball GM who decided not to honor the original deal Dumervile had in place. It was a grimy tactic he tried to pull and instead of caving, Dumerville didn’t blink. Ozzie pulled off a heist, just admit it.

  10. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 26, 2013 10:23 AM

    Saints trying to keep up with the Falcons. They better bc the Falcons will be extremely tough this year with a sick offense.

  11. johnnyballgame7 says: Mar 26, 2013 10:36 AM

    “Slimy greaseball GM”, whatever ravenator. Denver lost Dumervil, you lost 8 starters. Denver is favored to win the Super Bowl, you have Dumervil. Of all the teams that made the playoffs last year, Vegas has you as the worst odds to get back. You got Dumervil though.

  12. cnola23 says: Mar 26, 2013 10:56 AM

    This has been my number one defensive target for the saints. I think Freeney has a lot left in the tank. He would be the best pass rusher the saints have seen. a good pass rush would do wonders for Greer and Robinson. They already have lewis. We don’t need Nnamdi. Anyway Nnamdi got abused. He planned man press coverage against Tampa last year and Vincent Jackson abused him. It was bad. I’m freaking exciting about maybe getting Free ney.

  13. cnola23 says: Mar 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    Obviously Dwight Free ney would be the best outside linebacker for the Saints. He could generate an awesome pass rush and actually seal the edge in the running game. He’s a great leader with a high football IQ. He would be a HUGE upgrade over Galette. Galette could learn tons from him for the next 2-3 years. Then if we draft jarvis Jones or mingo or even a Star at Richardson are defensive pressure would skyrocket.

  14. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Mar 26, 2013 11:47 AM

    I wanna know where there getting all this money from cause b4 rhe deadline saints were awfully close or over cap, i know the re-structures couldnt of taken that much money off to sign lewis n still be interested in nnamdi freeney n whoever else. Not to mention the draft class….

  15. sb44champs says: Mar 26, 2013 1:02 PM

    aliowlsfalcons19 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 11:47 AM
    I wanna know where there getting all this money from cause b4 rhe deadline saints were awfully close or over cap, i know the re-structures couldnt of taken that much money off to sign lewis n still be interested in nnamdi freeney n whoever else. Not to mention the draft class….
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    Sounds like someone is getting a little scared…

  16. sb44champs says: Mar 26, 2013 1:03 PM

    hartcarluncarlun says:
    Mar 26, 2013 10:23 AM
    Saints trying to keep up with the Falcons. They better bc the Falcons will be extremely tough this year with a sick offense.
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    You mean the same offense that got beat by the worst defense in the history of the NFL?

  17. rushbacker says: Mar 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    Give him the same contract as Dumervil? Aw HELL no! He’s old and broken down, he’s not worth half that.

  18. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    Im not scared sb44champs, im just asking a question n hartcarluncarlun. Saints defense didnt beat us, saints defense never been known for dominance but the offense has, we moved the ball quite easy in new orleans

  19. sb44champs says: Mar 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    aliowlsfalcons19 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 2:59 PM
    Im not scared sb44champs, im just asking a question n hartcarluncarlun. Saints defense didnt beat us, saints defense never been known for dominance but the offense has, we moved the ball quite easy in new orleans
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    Man, just admit it… You guys are still trying to catch up to the Saints… That’s for sure!!!

  20. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:09 PM

    On what grounds? That uve won a superbowl b4 atlanta? Good job join the back on a long line. B4 brees n company saints were bistorically terrible, now that u win more than u lose all these saints fans have come out the woodwork chirping.

  21. rockee3 says: Mar 26, 2013 8:11 PM

    Heh Ravenater … Many , many players restructured their contracts. Thats what Broncs & Doom were doing until the Agent screwed him over!

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