Dwight Freeney, Chargers Agree in Principle to Two-Year Deal
According to a source that spoke to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport today, former Colts DE Dwight Freeney has agreed in principle to a deal that will send him to sunny San Diego.
The seven-time pro bowler played his first 10 years in the league with Indianapolis and acquired 107 1/2 career sacks with the team, but was told the team wouldn’t re-sign him in February of this year, seemingly to continue Indy’s youth movement that started with the departure of long time starting quarterback Peyton Manning last year.
Freeney did not have a good 2012 with Indianapolis, as he posted career lows in sacks and tackles with 5 sacks and 12 tackles, respectively. Questions arose about how much Freeney had left in the tank or if it was new head coach Chuck Pagano moving him from defensive end to outside linebacker. The biggest issue, though, may have been the almighty dollar. The 32 year old defensive lineman made a base salary of $14.035 Million in 2012.
Last year, Freeney told Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio: “I’m not LeBron trying to leave the team. I’m more like the era of Magic and Lawrence Taylor, who stayed with that same team for their entire careers win, lose, or draw. They were married to the city they were drafted in. You go through the tough times and great times with them, and that’s it. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
It looks like, unlike Lebron James in Cleveland, Dwight Freeney wasn’t given as much of a choice. Age, money, and Indy’s youth movement seems to have pushed him out.
This is a good signing for San Diego, who just lost second-year man Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL. Freeney will bring a ferocity to the defensive line that is desperately needed if the team wants to compete.
And the question that’s on everybody’s mind… what will the reaction be if he sacks his former QB Peyton Manning? If the reports are true and Freeney IS set to become a Bolt, the Broncos and Chargers would face off on Monday Night Football on October 14th.
What do you think?
Is Freeney the missing piece San Diego has been looking for?
Does he still have enough in the tank?
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