New York Giants: What Are the Odds Dwight Freeney Signs with Big Blue?

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a sack during the NFL game against the New York Giants  at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It's not everyday that a player comes out and says they want to play for a certain team.

In today's NFL, most players are looking for the big payday of their careers.

However, in a somewhat surprising interview this past week, former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney said his preference would be to play in New York, and specifically the New York Giants.

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

In the story that was done by Ebenizer Samuel of the New York Daily News, which was based off of the interview from Sirius, it cites Freeney's past, growing up in Connecticut and idolizing Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

The recently turned 33-year-old had an off season in 2012 with the Colts, recording just five sacks and one forced fumble while playing at outside linebacker in Chuck Pagano's 3-4 defense.

One of the preferences for Freeney's next team in 2013 would be to play in a 4-3, a defense he is most comfortable with.

The Giants are likely to let go of long-time defensive end Osi Umenyiora due to the fact he's looking for more playing time and one last pay day in a contract.

The one thing that could hamper the Giants' pursuit of Freeney is if he is looking for one last payday in the NFL, especially since Big Blue is looking to get under the salary cap and they have to re-sign a lot of their own talent.

With that in mind, what are the realistic odds that the Giants land Freeney and bring him to the team he was a fan of growing up?

We talked about the internal factors of the Giants odds getting Freeney, but what about the factors of other suitors who could want Freeney's services?

For instance, the other team in New York was mentioned in the article as well. Both the Jets and Freeney have said they are in the equation as well.

While the Jets could certainly use another pass rusher, their salary cap situation is a mess and I don't think they will be able to shell out the money to land him.

Two other potential teams who could be major factors in the Freeney chase are the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons.

Denver could potentially be a front runner, especially because Freeney's former teammate Peyton Manning is trying to convince him to come to the Mile High City.

Two of my fellow B/R writers have also written about Freeney, and they feel that he won't be coming to the Giants.

Benjaimin Block wrote about how Freeney would need to take a major discount to come to New York, especially because he made $14 million in 2012.

NFC East lead blogger Brad Gagnon thinks the Giants should stay away from Freeney because he feels his productivity has dropped off.

Both writers brought up a lot of valid points, however, I am on the other side of the fence when it comes to Freeney.

I think Freeney would be a solid addition to a defense in need of a new face, although being a veteran in his 30's, he'd bring a great veteran voice to a unit that could use another.

Plus, Freeney could be a mentor to Jason Pierre-Paul and take the pressure off him, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka on the defensive line.

Also, I think a fresh start for Freeney could help him in the later stages of his career, especially by playing for a contender with hopes of getting back to the Super Bowl again.

But if Freeney really wants to be a Giant, he's going to have to take less money. A lot less money.

Is Freeney willing to sacrifice one last potential payday for a chance to play for the team he rooted for growing up?

I'd say right now, the odds are 50-50.

And I say that because I think Freeney has made enough money in his career and might be willing to take less to play for the Giants.

At the same time, it all boils down to if the Giants really want him on the team.

It'll be interesting once free agency begins on March 12 where Freeney will end up and if he'll be chasing down quarterbacks in MetLife Stadium in 2013 or somewhere else.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.