The rest of the world should respond with a collective, "Well, duh!"
Despite Ryan Grigson's assurances that Dwight Freeney is a Colt, everyone who has been paying attention has known for some time that keeping him is not viable:
- Freeney is old and in the final year of his contract.
- Freeney will make a massive base salary in 2012.
- Freeney has no natural position in the new Indianapolis defense.
No matter what rationalizations the Colts try to pass off, there's zero question that he'll be off the roster by opening day. It makes no sense for the team to pay him $14 million next year to play out of position for a team that will likely lose double-digit games.
There is simply no market for expensive veteran players. Fans dream of first- or second-round picks for aging stars, but as Mike Florio rightly pointed out, Asante Samuel netted Philly a seventh-round pick.
If the Colts do move Freeney this weekend, it will likely be for a late third-day pick. Anything more than the draft equivalent of a bus token, loose change and a tic tac would be a major score for the Colts.
The Colts' best chance to get maximum value for Freeney is to trade him before training camp for a pick in the 2013 draft.
The Colts are desperate to unload the huge contract, and everyone knows it. Even if they hadn't already unsuccessfully shopped him, everyone would still know it.
I don't expect Freeney to be a Colt next year, but I do expect him to be a Colt next weekend.