Dwight Freeney has an idea about what the value of his next contract should look like and he’s more than willing to bide his time in hopes of getting it.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Freeney is looking for more than the contract Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week. Umenyiora’s deal is worth $8.5 million over the next two seasons. Freeney is reportedly seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $6 million a season.
Per Rapoport, Freeney is willing to wait out the market in hopes of getting the type of deal he is looking for. In addition to discussions with the Denver Broncos, Freeney is also interested in the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.
The market for pass rushers this season has been grossly less than many expected. Freeney could find the deal he is searching for by waiting in hopes of an injury sparking a team to team to become desperate or more teams showing interest to drive up the price. Freeney could also see any market he has completely evaporate as teams fill their rosters and run out of room under the salary cap.
Freeney may have to wait until after the draft or even into training camp to find the deal he wants, if it’s coming at all. He may need to be prepared to wait quite a while still in hopes of getting it.