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.