News broke yesterday that the Indianapolis Colts will not be re-signing 32 pass rusher Dwight Freeney to a new contract. He apparently does not fit in with their plans anymore as they look to build a young team around franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
Have no doubt, teams will be interested in Freeney. Since being drafted by the Colts in 2002, he has managed to collect 107.5 sacks. The guy knows how to get to the opposing quarterback. He has basically trademarked the spin move. So should the Arizona Cardinals have interest in him?
Now, one thing to note is that Freeney was not cut by the Colts. He was simply told that they will not be renewing his contract. That means come March 12, he will be free to sign with any team he so chooses.
I don't think it would be difficult for the Cardinals to recruit him. Although Freeney would probably prefer to play for a contender that runs a 43 defense, he does have experience in the 3-4, which the Colts played under Chuck Pagano last season.
Add in the fact that Bruce Arians was the interim head coach in Indy and you already have a familiarity between coach and player. Arians may even go out of his way to try and bring Freeney in.
The downside is, of course, that Freeney is 32 years old. His best years of playing football are behind him. Last season from the outside linebacker position in the 3-4, Freeney had just 5.5 sacks. Regardless, he still received a positive pass rushing grade from Pro Football Focus due to the amount of pressure he was able to create.
If the Cardinals do have interest, it's going to come down to money. Without any cuts being made, they are $3 million over the cap. It is going to take a cap friendly contract if Arizona wants to land him. But they need a premium pass rusher and if Freeney can still get to the QB, he might be worth a look. Then again, he could be the next Joey Porter for this team.
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