Jerrell Freeman: I’d love to stay with Colts, but have to do what’s best for me

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Linebacker Jerrell Freeman has started 57 games for the Colts since they signed him out of the CFL in 2012 and he said Tuesday that he’d like to continue racking up tackles as a member of their defense in 2016.

Freeman made that comment during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, adding that he thinks the team has “a great coaching staff” coming in after the team shook things up on the sideline under Chuck Pagano. The 29-year-old, who took his time before signing a restricted free agent tender last offseason, also knows that he isn’t going to have too many chances to solicit bids on the open market.

“You gotta kinda do what’s best for you,” Freeman said. “The team did what was best for them with all their cap issues and all that stuff. I’ve been playing for the league minimum for three years and ended up signing the tender, which was best for the team. Went ahead and signed it, and now I’m in free agency and guess I’ll have to do what’s best for me.”

Freeman had 112 tackles, three sacks and an interception while turning in a strong season for the Colts in 2015 and should generate interest from teams looking for an inside linebacker who is capable in both the running and passing games. Derrick Johnson and Danny Trevathan are other top pending free agent options at the position with the market opening a week from Wednesday.

15 responses to “Jerrell Freeman: I’d love to stay with Colts, but have to do what’s best for me

  1. My beloved Colts have a history of letting competent linebackers walk and then wondering why they don’t have competent linebackers on the team. Pay the man.

  2. Why would any player want to stay with the Colts? If Andrew Luck has an ounce of common sense he will reject any contract offer put forth by the Colts and play for another team.

  3. The Chargers GM Telesco has wanted Freemen since leaving the Colts. Luck’s impending contract will prevent any free agents being signed by the Colts.

  4. I expect to see the Colts right back in the AFC Championship game this year, with or without Freeman. I can’t see the Colts throwing crazy money at this guy. The Colts hit on two stud D-Linemen in last year’s draft, Anderson (3rd round) and Parry (5th), and I think they can get a good LB in the middle rounds this year if Freeman leaves. Freeman might just be sitting home watching the Colts in the Super Bowl if he decides to leave Indy.

  5. Nothing but a big strong safety…useless in the run game inside…decent lateral quickness as long as nobody blocks him…anyone who pays him big $$ can have him

  6. If he wants to do what’s best for himself, then he will leave the team. The Colts are rebuilding, they just don’t want to use the term.

  7. I would not be surprised if reggie has this guy circled on his hit list. Nothing against Curtis Lofton, but he has lost a step(or two).

    GO Raiders!

  8. charliecharger says:
    Mar 2, 2016 9:50 AM
    I expect to see the Colts right back in the AFC Championship game this year, with or without Freeman. I can’t see the Colts throwing crazy money at this guy. The Colts hit on two stud D-Linemen in last year’s draft, Anderson (3rd round) and Parry (5th), and I think they can get a good LB in the middle rounds this year if Freeman leaves. Freeman might just be sitting home watching the Colts in the Super Bowl if he decides to leave Indy.

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    If the Colts don’t win their division, they won’t even make the playoffs. And that Division is now the Texan’s to lose.

  9. Freeman is overrated. He makes a lot of tackles, but he makes a lot of bad reads as well. Bad angles. Not great in pass coverage. Some team will give him 6+ million a year and regret it in the long run.

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