The Dwight Freeney Rumors say the NFL free agent might be signing up with the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning is reportedly trying to get the Broncos management to sign up Dwight Freeney.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Dwight Freeney rumors started after The Indianapolis Colts released Dwight Freeney, the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, as well as frequently-injured receiver Austin Collie.
Dwight Freeney was an 11-year veteran with the Colts, who initially drafted Freeney. He racked up 107.5 sacks and earned seven Pro Bowl nods, as well as three first-team All-Pro selections.
NFL.com notes that the Colts’ release of Dwight Freeney surprised the NFL player:
“I was very surprised to hear they wanted to go in a different direction. Would have been nice to retire a Colt.”
The 33 year old Dwight Freeney might be past the prime of his career, but that does not mean his run with the NFL is over. The shift in the Colts defensive scheme was supposedly an impetus for making the decision. Working with another NFL team, Dwight Freeney would be able to go back to a 4-3 defense and play defensive end instead of the 3-4 scheme where he was playing outside linebacker.
Sports World Report explains why the Dwight Freeney rumors related to the Broncos make sense:
“Freeney saw his production drop in 2012 because of the 3-4 defense. The transition did not work in his favor. He produced his worst year of production, only recording 12 tackles and five sacks in 14 games. The five sacks were the second-lowest of his career. The Broncos are expected to cut Elvis Dumervil at the start of free agency because of his large salaray and will be in need of a pass rusher to place next to Von Miller. Freeney would certainly fit that mold.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that other Dwight Freeney rumors have the NFL free agent going to the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, or New York Jets.
Which one of the Dwight Freeney rumors do you hope come true?
Freeney grew up a Giants fan. He says "playing in New York would be attractive…playing for them would be a dream." #SXMBLITZ
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) February 20, 2013