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After Ingram injury, Freeney to visit Chargers

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Some moves are easy to see coming.

In the aftermath of outside linebacker Melvin Ingram’s torn ACL yesterday, it was natural to wonder whether unemployed pass-rusher Dwight Freeney would be talking to the Chargers soon.

Wonder no more.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Freeney will be visiting the Chargers today.

Freeney might not be a perfect fit in a a 3-4, but he did play in it last year for the Colts. He did so under head coach Chuck Pagano, the brother of Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano. And new Chargers GM Tom Telesco was in personnel with the Colts before coming to San Diego this offseason.

The 33-year-old Freeney had five sacks in 2012, but had seven double-digit sack seasons with the Colts.

The Chargers need him desperately, with only Jarret Johnson and disappointing former first-rounder Larry English at the position.

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29 Responses to “After Ingram injury, Freeney to visit Chargers”
  1. packerman1968 says: May 15, 2013 7:05 AM

    Freeney was horrible as a outside linebacker.

    Why would you not give a actual 3-4 guy a shot.

  2. boltfan24 says: May 15, 2013 7:06 AM

    The Colts need him desperately?

  3. browns627 says: May 15, 2013 7:09 AM

    the art of free agency… sit back, stay cool, wait for opportunity. Freeney just hit the jackpot!

  4. 4ever19 says: May 15, 2013 7:12 AM

    He is a free agent because he doesn’t fit the 3-4 mold. So why are 3-4 teams looking at him. I love what Freeney gave to my beloved Colts during his career. I wish he were still there but not in the defense as they play it now. It’s not just who he is.

  5. orivar says: May 15, 2013 7:13 AM

    Arm chair predictions were spot on

  6. ug2f7683 says: May 15, 2013 7:19 AM

    You mean “The Chargers” need him desperately not the COLTS.

  7. ebmd15 says: May 15, 2013 7:39 AM

    Larry English still plays?

  8. matthewmiz says: May 15, 2013 7:45 AM

    I would think if the Colts needed him desperately they would have never let him go.

  9. thesteelers says: May 15, 2013 7:47 AM

    Chargers fans should be relieved that Ingram’s injury happened now and save them from having to watch him put up some terrible performances. He’s a bust. 27 tackles and a sack last year and you’d think he was the next great OLB by the reactions of Charger fans.

  10. tatvin says: May 15, 2013 8:01 AM

    I thought he sucked in a 3-4 defense…….he should go to a team that has a 4-3 were he can play at his best

  11. saintsfan26 says: May 15, 2013 8:02 AM

    “The Colts need him desperately”

    I wish they had a facepalm emoticon :(

  12. tim581981 says: May 15, 2013 8:06 AM

    do you mean the chargers need him?

  13. thekillernacho says: May 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    Melvin Ingram and Larry English are on the Colts, now?

  14. sportsstar4u says: May 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    Nice to know that “The Colts need him desperately, with only Jarrett Johnson and disappointing former first-rounder Larry English at the position.”

    Maybe the Chargers need him too.

  15. johanvil says: May 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    Freeney is old and a bad bad fit for 3-4 scheme.

    Having played that scheme last season doesn’t mean anything at all. He was awful at that.

  16. flavadave10 says: May 15, 2013 8:34 AM

    I’d love the irony of Dwight Freeney chasing after Peyton Manning, so I hope it happens.

  17. art75gon says: May 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    what a major blow for the Chargers!!! bringing in Dwight Freeney won’t be a perfect fit because of the 3-4 defense, but seeing him in a Chargers uniform would be pretty sweet. would hate to see him in a Broncos uniform

  18. skinsfanwill says: May 15, 2013 8:44 AM

    I’m liking this signing for the Chargers. Especially in that division. Hopefully they will get a deal done.

  19. p31squared says: May 15, 2013 8:52 AM

    “The Colts need him desperately, with only Jarrett Johnson and disappointing former first-rounder Larry English at the position.”

    The Charges need him desperately, not the Colts. Or he’d still be in Indy.

  20. dzeroth says: May 15, 2013 9:35 AM

    Desperate teams do desperate things

  21. pegboards says: May 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    If the Chargers are desperate for pass-rushers, why didn’t they resign Phillips? He only signed for $1 million with Denver, which is a lot less than what Freeney has been asking for. And Phillips fits their defense better anyway.

  22. rocoop says: May 15, 2013 10:14 AM

    How many more people are going to point out a simple mistake in this article???

  23. pftfan says: May 15, 2013 10:32 AM

    Remember all the Chargers fans who had a lot of laughs at the Jets’ expense during last year’s Draft for taking Coples over Ingram?

    I’ll admit alot of it was spurred by Mel Kiper (who “loves” the Coples pick and his production now, but had harsh words words for the Jets for having the audacity to take Coples over Ingram).

    Just goes to show you can’t predict football.

  24. rickywatts80 says: May 15, 2013 12:04 PM

    Bears should get on the horn and trade Shea McClellin for next years’s #1. McClellin looks like he could be a real impact 3-4 OLB, but is not suited to the 4-3.

  25. gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 12:33 PM

    Chargers really pinched the pennies this offseason. Should have brought back Phillips, guy has been the face of the defense for the past decade. Freeney showed last season he is not an ideal fit in the 3-4.

  26. gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    pftfan says: May 15, 2013 10:32 AM

    “Remember all the Chargers fans who had a lot of laughs at the Jets’ expense during last year’s Draft for taking Coples over Ingram?

    I’ll admit alot of it was spurred by Mel Kiper (who “loves” the Coples pick and his production now, but had harsh words words for the Jets for having the audacity to take Coples over Ingram).

    Just goes to show you can’t predict football.”

    So after a rookie season in which both played limited snaps youre declaring one a better choice than the other? A little bit premature. A freak injury like this offsets the whole debate in my opinion.

  27. pftfan says: May 15, 2013 1:40 PM

    gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    So after a rookie season in which both played limited snaps youre declaring one a better choice than the other? A little bit premature. A freak injury like this offsets the whole debate in my opinion.

    ————-

    With one guy having 6 sacks and the other guy having 1, in the same amount of snaps, I would say yes.

    Even more so, when you consider Coples played as a 3-4 lineman and Ingram played as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

  28. gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    pftfan says: May 15, 2013 1:40 PM

    gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    So after a rookie season in which both played limited snaps youre declaring one a better choice than the other? A little bit premature. A freak injury like this offsets the whole debate in my opinion.

    ————-

    “With one guy having 6 sacks and the other guy having 1, in the same amount of snaps, I would say yes.

    Even more so, when you consider Coples played as a 3-4 lineman and Ingram played as a 3-4 outside linebacker.”

    Again, after one season. In a part time role for both of them. Peyton Manning threw more interceptions than TDs in his rookie season. Mark Sanchez led his team to the playoffs. Who would you rather have?

    Not to mention that sacks is only one way of measuring pass rusher productivity, and its not even a good one. Please get a clue before commenting back next time.

  29. joetoronto says: May 16, 2013 4:59 AM

    There’s no hope at all for this pathetic franchise.

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