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.