Longtime Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is likely to sign elsewhere this offseason, ESPN reported.
Freeney, who played as a 4-3 defensive end for most of his career in Indianapolis, struggled with coach Chuck Pagano’s move to a 3-4 defense. Freeney was forced to stand up and make plays in the run game, instead of being able to simply put his hand in the ground and rush the quarterback.
However, the 32 year old can still be a pass-rush specialist for the right team, and the following squads should target Freeney in the offseason. Jacksonville Jaguars
Even with the midseason acquisition of Jason Babin, the Jaguars are sorely lacking in their pass-rush, ranking last in the league with just 20 sacks this season. Picking up Freeney would allow Jacksonville to look elsewhere with the 2nd overall pick, perhaps to quarterback Geno Smith or defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. New York Giants
It may seem odd for the Giants to be looking for pass rushers, but it’s true this offseason. Osi Umenyiora is likely to leave the team in the offseason, and the depth is weak behind starters Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. Freeney would be effective in New York because he wouldn’t be forced to be an every-down player, where his flaws are exposed. Atlanta Falcons
It was painfully obvious in the NFC Championship Game that the Falcons simply need to get better at getting to the quarterback, especially with stalwart John Abraham aging. Atlanta would probably be Freeney’s best chance for his second Super Bowl ring, so a deal makes sense for both sides.
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