New York Giants: Would Big Blue Consider Adding Ex-Colt Dwight Freeney for 2013?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a sack against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants are likely going to lose Osi Umenyiora this spring.

The longtime defensive end of the Giants is a free agent, wants to become a starter and has had a very rocky relationship with the team in recent times.

The fans have been expecting the Giants to cut ties with him for some time now, and this is likely the offseason when the breakup happens.

One potential replacement for the 10-year veteran could be an impact name who has his sights set on Big Blue.

According to CBS New York, former Indianapolis Colts defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney has said he would love to play for the Giants.

“Playing in New York would be attractive,” Freeney told Sirius XM Radio. “Playing for (the Giants) would be a dream.”

The 33-year-old Freeney has been a member of the Colts since being drafted back in 2002 by the team and was told by his longtime employers that he would not be brought back in 2013.

Freeney has a lot of appeal for teams in need of a pass-rusher—teams like the Atlanta Falcons or Denver Broncos come to mind.

But then again, so do the Giants, whose pass rush struggled tremendously in 2012.

The only problem for the Giants is the salary cap and money, as Freeney could command decent value as a free agent.

So if Freeney really wants to chase his longtime dream of playing for the Giants like his idol Lawrence Taylor, then he should do it at a reduced price.

That's right, take the hometown discount. 

Because the Giants really don't need Freeney. They always build through the draft and find undrafted free agents that make a difference on the team.

However, if in fact Freeney wants to be a Giant, then I'd say do it, but take less money to prove that you really want to come to New Jersey.

It's a long shot, because the NFL is still a business and players want to get paid, but sometimes, that's not always the case.

With the Giants, Freeney could join a team that can get back to the playoffs, potentially make another Super Bowl run and win their third championship in seven years.

Freeney has 107 career sacks, but his production has dropped off a bit going from defensive end to linebacker.

In Chuck Pagano's 3-4 defense, his sack totals really dropped off, netting just five sacks in 14 games for the Colts.

Again, it's kind of a long shot because this kind of free agent isn't exactly the type of player the Giants chase after.

But then again, after a disappointing 9-7 finish following a Super Bowl title, maybe a change is needed.

Freeney might bring some of that change to the Giants if given the chance.