The Indianapolis Colts stunned the National Football League yesterday with the news that former All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney would not be re-signed.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star broke the news earlier this week.
CONFIRMED: The Colts today have released Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie. More to come on indystar.com— BobKravitz (@bkravitz) February 15, 2013
Bob Kravitz: It's sad, but necessary, for Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie to leave Colts indy.st/VnO7oP— BobKravitz (@bkravitz) February 15, 2013
The veteran linebacker will now enter the 2013 season as a free agent, and with his proven skills and talent, he will no doubt be a very appealing player for a number of NFL teams heading into the new season—even if it is just for one season.
Where are the best landing spots for Freeney and which team is the most likely to sign him in free agency? Read on to find out.
3. Miami Dolphins
This might come as a surprise suggestion for some, but the addition of Freeney to the Dolphins isn't at all out of the realm of possibility this offseason.
Miami has a ton of cap room to splash out and could very well entice the star linebacker into a big-money move for just the one or two seasons—something that other teams might not be able to offer Freeney at this time.
The Dolphins are desperate for someone to pair with Cameron Wake and could look to the experience of Freeney in free agency to fill that need, rather than putting in another youngster they pick up in the draft that could take a few seasons to develop.
Joe Philbin could pull the trigger on this one here.
2. New England Patriots
Moving to New England makes sense for both Freeney and the Patriots, given the fact that each can provide the other with exactly what they're looking for.
Freeney gives Bill Belichick the pass rush that he lacked all season long against top teams and could allow the Pats a chance to avoid blitzing packages at every possible moment to make a stop. Plus, he would bring the experience and consistency that didn't really exist in this defensive front throughout the 2013 NFL Playoffs and most of the regular season, too.
And in return, Freeney gets to play on a championship team that, like every other year, will be a playoff contender and Super Bowl threat once more.
1. Seattle Seahawks
As far as defenses go, few teams were as dominant and prolific as the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
Adding Freeney to that would make them a truly dominant force in 2013 and a genuine playoff threat again in the upcoming season—without doubt.
Their biggest weakness in a very strong defense is that of their pass rush, and with Chris Clemons perhaps not 100 percent ready by the time the season kicks off again, Freeney could be a great purchase for Seattle in his place.
The Seahawks have a number of talented players, but perhaps not the level-headedness and experience that Freeney would also bring, making him a very attractive pick for Pete Carroll's side heading into the NFL offseason.
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