There is a free agent still available who has garnered some interest by fans and media as a guy the Arizona Cardinals should sign right before training camp. After all, it worked when the team signed John Abraham in 2013, right?
I was listening to the Burns and Gambo Show on Wednesday and both radio hosts thought Freeney would be a great pickup and could "resurrect his career" in Arizona at age 35. He was a guy the Cardinals badly needed in the pass rushing department.
Here's the problem.
Comparing Freeney to Abraham in terms of what they did previous season, it isn't the same situation. The other thing is they already have a player like Dwight Freeney -- they signed LaMarr Woodley in the offseason.
First let's look at Abraham and Freeney.
When the Cardinals signed Abraham in 2013, he was 35. Freeney is 35. Both have been among the most feared pass rushers in the league -- Freeney with 111.5 career sacks and Abraham had 122 when the Cards signed him.
However, the two were indifferent places. Freeney had already played two seasons away from the Indianapolis Colts, where he had made a name for himself. After an injury-filled 2013, he played every game in 2014, although he started only nine. He picked up only 3.5 sacks. He played a little more than 50 percent of the snaps for the Chargers. In 2012, Abraham was coming off a season in which he had 10 sacks and six forced fumbles. He was still a force to be reckoned with. He played in roughly 70 percent of the team's snaps.
Abraham signed for a two-year, $4.6 million deal. If Freeney signs, it will likely be a one-year dear for around the league minimum.
Freeney is essentially LaMarr Woodley. The comparisons are uncanny.
The last time Freeney had at least 10 sacks in a season was 2010. The same goes for Woodley. Both had a solid 2011 (Woodley nine sacks and Freeney had 8.5 and made the Pro Bowl).
Since 2011, both players have had a total of nine sacks and both have suffered injuries -- Woodley appearing in 29 games, while Freeney has appeared in 34.
Both have had Bruce Arians on their coaching staff (Woodley in Pittsburgh when Arians was OC and Freeney in Indy when Arians was OC and then interim head coach)
Truthfully, both are considered washed up.
Woodley is 30. Freeney is 35.
Woodley signed for a one-year vet minimum deal.
Essentially, the Cardinals already have a guy just like Freeney they already signed as a free agent.
Could he be veteran depth? Sure, but they already have two veterans in Woodley and Lorenzo Alexander in the room. Adding another player would make numbers tough. Between Woodley and Alexander, Kareem Martin, Alex Okafor and the rookies they drafted in Markus Golden and Shaq Riddick, there are already perhaps more than they can keep.
You could buy into the Coscto theory, buying in bulk, as Dave Burns suggested, and one thing mentioned on his show was signing Freeney after Week 1, when his contract would not be guaranteed for the season. That makes more sense -- add him if there is an injury or there hasn't been enough of a pass rush off the edge.
But if you were hoping to find another John Abraham in Dwight Freeney, you will likely be disappointed. The two situations just aren't the same. He hasn't been the sack man he was since 2011. It's 2015.