Dwight Freeney looking for more than Osi Umenyiora’s deal with Falcons


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.

46 responses to “Dwight Freeney looking for more than Osi Umenyiora’s deal with Falcons

  1. Want in one hand, check your age in another. Whomever is telling you that you’re worth $6,000,000 a year is probably being paid a percentage.

  2. Hmmm…. maybe someone would want to trade for Trent Cole, who might or might not be a fit for the Eagles’ new scheme.

  3. With the DE free agent market dried up, he should go to Detroit on a cheap one year deal, where he would return to a 4-3 defense and take Avril’s spot, rack up better stats than Cliff did next to Suh and Fairley, and then cash in next season on a 3 year deal to finish off his career.

    Seems simple enough…

  4. He’s not worth the money. I hope Denver passes on him. Go end your career with a cellar dweller.

  5. So he thinks that he as a part time pass rusher who is 3 years older than Osi is worth 1.75 million more per year? Earth to Dwight

  6. Dwight take less money and win another ring with Peyton in Denver. The lions or dolphins dont have chance but my brackets are toast so who knows.

  7. Freeney should sign a nice low money deal with Denver while Peyton Manning gives him a large heavy paper bag for some reason. 😉

  8. I’m a die hard broncos fan,Freeney is not worth that kind of money,he’s a one trick pony and as much as that spin moves works against the pass,it spins him out of plays against the run.

  9. Doesnt this guy know hes old as f*ck and there is a draft in less than a month.. and a draft/free agency period every year until the league ceases.. hes only worth what someone is willing to pay. Most teams dont pay for past production.

  10. Um yeah, if Freeney thinks he is gonna get a contract that is >6 million, he is insane. The guy should be happy if he can get 4 million. If Freeney won’t go to 4 million, then Denver should pass. There is still Abraham(I would rather get him anyway) and even without these guys Denver has Wolfe and Ayers to fall back on, Ayers could get a last chance to make the first round pick used by junior hoodie a non-waste of a pick, and Wolfe had what, 6 sacks last year?! And the guy played DT for half of the year anyway! Freeney is not that big of a need to pay the 6 mill that he wants… Maybe in Miami or Detroit… not Denver.

  11. maybe him and harrison can start a band since they will have TON’S of free time next season

  12. Is it just me, or is Freeney suffering from memory loss? How can a 33 year old, injury prone DE/OLB, coming off a horrible year, ask for 6M+ a year? Unreal.

  13. Well, in the case of Denver and Detroit, we could be seeing the effects of those large contracts the QB’s have signed. Not much else to pull from divided amongst the rest of the players.
    This could be the new norm. The “elite” QB’s having teams that can’t spend 10-12 million on good players (yes at his age we can argue how “good” Dwight is”.
    The question is going to be, are the rest of the players going to get choppy when one player is taking a fifth of the pie, and they see their share shrinking.

  14. If Freeney gets more than Osi it will cause an instant problem for Atlanta. He’ll be in the GM’s office minutes after the details are released. This guy is 100% about money.

  15. I hope Jacksonville picks him up in hopes that peytonsneck would drown himself in an unflushed toilet

  16. Good luck getting that while the owners are colluding to keep the market down.

  17. Wow, 6 mil per is crazy. I think he’d be lucky to get 6 mil over 2 yrs. If there was any demand he’d be signed by now, or maybe he would have been restructured instead of cut.

  18. lol…One can only imagine what Freeney would be looking for if he was still a good pass rusher instead of just a potentially serviceable veteran situational pass rusher.

  19. What he seems to forget is that Osi’s deal could be 6.2 mill per year with incentives…..no way he gets 6 mill a season without incentives. Unless he goes to Dallas!!!

  20. Hope he rejoins Peyton, but first things first, show him the money. @footballady52 🏈

  21. Haha…I don’t think so old man. You are not worth that kind of loot. You keep waiting and you will be unemployed.

  22. I hope Dwight has a backup job because I don’t see anyone giving him that kind of money after a 5 sack season!

  23. Totally delusional. Check out his stats against the run–virtually non-existent:

    In 2011, in 16 starts, Freeney had a whopping 13 solos and 6 assists.

    In 2012, in 14 starts, he had 10 solos and 2 assists.

    At this point, I don’t think Freeney is worth the one-year $2 Million deal that Urlacher turned down from the Bears.

  24. Keep in mind there is no quote from Freeney. This is “Per Rapoport”. Until Freeney comes out with a statement, I’ll take this with a grain of salt.

  25. If you want money, join a loser. You’d think winning would be the most important thing to him at this point in his career though.

  26. And you wonder why the Colts didn’t re-sign him/cut him…Love what he did for Indy, but he’s not the player he once was, and was a liability against the run. And he didn’t fit the 3-4 hybrid scheme that Pagano wants to use. Let’s go back and read the comments when it was announced the Colts had cut him (you can’t cut him, he’s still got good years left, another mistake like cutting Manning)….Now you know why. He was a HUGE cap hit this coming season. AND he didn’t want to sign a hometown discount contract after coming off a terrible year.

  27. I kind of thought Dwight would do this. He’s always been overrated, mainly because he’s been paid on an overrated pay scale. He really should be paid for his great one dimensional skill and thats rushing the passer, he can’t stop the run, cover down field, or really tackle anything but a quarterback.

  28. To follow up on my previous post. Dwight always has managed to do one thing good, and the scouts say that skill has declined. So, no one really understands why he’s asking to be paid like he’s this 28 year old DE in his prime

  29. If Dwight wants to win, he will simply go to New England, Denver, Green Bay . Detroit would have a good 4 man front. But even with that team, and a coach that isn’t very good. Detroit can spend and still have a 4-12 record to showcase for it. There still a few more players away from being a better team than the Bears, Packers and even Minnesota who surprised the league by storm last season.

  30. Denver should just sign Abraham. I think he fits better than Freeney anyway. $6M for Freeney is WAY too much. $6.5M was what the Broncos wanted Dumervil to take.

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