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Freeney upset Colts didn’t make an offer

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Because of the combination of injury and a new scheme (and perhaps age), Dwight Freeney didn’t look like the same player the Colts had come to know.

That’s much of the reason he’s a Chargers player now, and the snub is something that motivates the 33-year-old pass-rusher.

Freeney told Jim Trotter of SI.com he was insulted that the Colts didn’t make an offer last year, letting him walk into a tepid free agent market.

“I wished they would have offered me something so I could’ve retired a Colt — that was something that meant a lot to me — but at the end of the day they didn’t give me an option,” Freeney said. “They didn’t even try to re-sign me. They were like, We’re going in a different direction.

“That cut me deep because it was kind of like, if it’s a money issue talk to me about it and maybe I’ll say it’s fine just so I’ll be able to stay and not move and all that stuff. But the fact of the matter is, they didn’t offer me anything. They just said, Bye bye, which made me feel like, You think I’m done and I’m washed up; or, You’re playing for the future and this is the perfect opportunity to make the change because there’s a young guy you really feel can play now, so let’s groom him because, really, how many years does Dwight have left? It’s the same thing they did with Peyton [Manning].”

That’s pretty good company to be insulted with, and Freeney’s pouring all his energies into proving he can still play. He had just 5.0 sacks year (after 102.5 the previous 10 years), and a high ankle sprain he tried to play through after two weeks obviously limited him.

Now he’s out to prove he can still change a game, adopting the same chip on his shoulder as when he heard he was too small to be effective in the NFL.

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25 Responses to “Freeney upset Colts didn’t make an offer”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:27 AM

    come on Freeney, u made 14 million last year for 5.5 sacks and 12 tackles, u was well compensated in one year for your diminishing skills, u was awesome in the past, but u was also one dimensional all yr career, but u made a nice living being that way, good luck in SD

  2. tannethrill says: Aug 2, 2013 11:30 AM

    You didn’t fit. Age isn’t the main issue and this issue isn’t exclusive to the Colts. All teams get younger sooner or later but the Colts actually kept some of them around like Wayne and Mathis.

    They stuck by him and others like Sanders through some injuries that other teams would have washed their hands of regardless of talent.

    If you want to draw motivation from that then great but this sounds petty.

    And it’s nothing like Peyton because they were in a position to draft one of the best QB prospects to come out since Peyton.

    Peyton was a calculated risk and Freeney was business as usual. He should be glad (as well as Peyton) that the Cokts didn’t trade them out of town with no input into their destination.

  3. andrewluck12 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:30 AM

    its always sad to see a colt leave. especially a future hall of famer like freeney. he made alot of great plays for us and gave colts fans alot of great memories. wish him well in SD. coltstrong!

  4. jayvee3 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:32 AM

    One of everyone’s favorite Colts. We all hated to see him go, but the NFL is a business. Wish him all the best and hope there won’t be any hard feelings when his number gets retired in a few years.

  5. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 2, 2013 11:35 AM

    All I would like for him to do is face plant that mega-headed QB in Denver twice a year.

  6. tonyugoh says: Aug 2, 2013 11:43 AM

    Colts fans love Freeney and we appreciate everything he did for us, but at the end of the day it’s a business. Fact is, he struggled to convert to the 3-4 and the team is going younger. And it’s not just simply a matter of “if Peyton Manning got released so anyone can” cause those were unusual circumstances, it’s more that he isn’t the player he once was and the team decided to move on just like they did with Dallas Clark, Marvin Harrison, Gary Brackett and others. Furthermore, Pagano and Grigson have no connection or ties to him so it’s not like they should feel any loyalty to him. Hopefully he realizes all of this and once he retires, can put aside any bad feelings and get inducted into the Ring of Honor cause he’s absolutely deserving of that.

  7. irishgary says: Aug 2, 2013 11:49 AM

    Dwight, welcome to the real world. It happens out here all the time, when a company is done with a worker they are gone.

  8. doe22us says: Aug 2, 2013 11:53 AM

    Its not personel its buisness, besides what are you complaining about the Colts made you rich beyond your imagination and gave you a good retierment yr (which they could have cut you). See Peyton Manning for more refferences.

  9. 12444uggg says: Aug 2, 2013 11:55 AM

    Love DFree, and he has every right to feel that way, but he didn’t fit in the scheme. Dude needs to be on the outside of a 4-3.
    He’s got a few good season’s left.

  10. kane337 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    Poor guy needs a hug

  11. granadafan says: Aug 2, 2013 12:04 PM

    The realities of pro football. It’s a business, but these players are also human beings whose profession and success of the TEAM requires that they become emotionally invested in the TEAM. We rightfully blast me me me and so-called selfish players. However, this is a two way street. Ownership can handle these kinds of releases with a little more respect, especially to long-time players. For Peyton, without him, Indy doesn’t get a new stadium.

  12. truthfactory says: Aug 2, 2013 12:07 PM

    Be mad at yourself for havig a crappy season where you were invisible most of the time while collecting about $13 million.

    This comment is one of the reasons that pro-athletes annoy the crap out of me. They are so blinded by their egos and cant see the big picture.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:07 PM

    Sometimes teams have to move on into a new era.

    Also, wasn’t Freeney asking for outrageous money last year while only being able to provide a much diminished skill set in return ?

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    The realities of pro football. It’s a business, but these players are also human beings whose profession and success of the TEAM requires that they become emotionally invested in the TEAM. We rightfully blast me me me and so-called selfish players. However, this is a two way street. Ownership can handle these kinds of releases with a little more respect, especially to long-time players. For Peyton, without him, Indy doesn’t get a new stadium.

    last i check was the city of indianapolis tax payers foot the bill for the new stadium, not peyton, and tax payers are still paying for the new stadium long after peyton was gone, yea peyton won alot of regular season games, but as a #1 overall pick u are depended on being a savior, and peyton made well over 175 million from the colts, so to say the colts wouldnt have a new stadium without peyton is crazy

  15. 4ever19 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:35 PM

    What the “real” Dwight Freeney brought to the table will be missed. Unfortunately, time, tide and defensive realignments wait for no man and we didn’t get a chance to see the “real” Dwight Freeney last year. Chances are, we wouldn’t have this year, either. He is a part of Colts history, but in the NFL, where the operative philosophy is what have you done for me in the last 5 minutes, he is just that – history. I will, however, be hanging on to my Freeney Colts jersey. And I hope he does better with the Bolts than did a couple of Colts legends – Unitas and Mackey.

  16. sarcasm says: Aug 2, 2013 12:46 PM

    If the Colts draft Ryan Leaf and struggle from 98-03/04 or whatever, Jimmy Irsay would have moved that team just like his Daddy.

    It’s the house that Peyton built no matter who actually paid for it. Without him there is no need for a new stadium. Indy would still be hosting Monster Truck shows in the RCA dome.

  17. joetoronto says: Aug 2, 2013 12:56 PM

    He’s finished, he’s the perfect Charger.

  18. cajunaise says: Aug 2, 2013 12:58 PM

    Freeney will retire a Colt. Take it to the bank.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    Chargers play the Colts this year…. You know Freeney is going to try and light Luck up… several times.

  20. Patriot42 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    Athletes are paid for their services and they shouldn’t feel bad about it when a team doesn’t kiss their butts.

  21. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:47 PM

    Stay clays India-no-place. They couldv at least made an offer. That’s just DISRESPECTFUL to say the least. I know its a business but not to even offer a low ball figure is crazy for what that dude did for them all those years. And on top of that , they did the same thing to Payton.

  22. icanspeel says: Aug 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    If he has a chip on his shoulder let’s see if he let’s his play do the talking this year. All you have to do is prove them wrong Freeney

  23. lanjoith says: Aug 2, 2013 4:54 PM

    Motivation is a helluva thing. Freeney plays against Peyton 2x & the Colts once this season. I would expect him to play big in all of those games. 10+ sacks easy this year.

  24. natelan69 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:07 PM

    You hear that, Dwight? Everyone thinks you’re washed up. A has been. A slow, old man.

    You feel that chip on your shoulder…?

    You getting angry…?

    Feel like you need to prove something…?

    Go out there and kill ‘em!

    Welcome to the Chargers, buddy.

  25. kepdogg23 says: Aug 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    So no offer is disrespectful, but if they offer 6-7 million below what he was originally seeking after becoming a free agent, that makes him feel all warm and fuzzy? I love Freeney, but his total production the last two seasons 23 tackles and 13.5 sacks doesn’t warrant a new deal at what he was asking fpr once he became a free agent.

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