Crazy Colts Fan – Former Indianapolis Colts Great Dwight Freeney Gets a Job
Dwight Freeney is not ready to be put out to pasture just yet. The 33-year old defensive end/linebacker is no spring chicken anymore, but he still has a few good seasons of football left in his bones. He just needed to find someone who believed that enough to sing him to a new deal.
Over the weekend he finally found someone willing to bite–the San Diego Chargers.
See ya’ Naptown!
The Colts Week 6 opponent (a Monday night game in San Diego) found themselves in need of some help after Melvin Ingram tore an ACL during OTA’s recently. While it sucks that it took someone getting hurt, the injury was just the break that Freeney needed.
Up to this point in the off-season there had been rumored interest in Freeney from several teams. Rumor had the Saints thinking about bringing him to the Big Easy, a potential reunion in Denver with Peyton Manning, and more recently his Dad m
Dwight Freeney has finally found a new home after more than two months on the open market, as he agreed to terms to sign a two-year contract with theÂ San Diego Chargers, per NFL Networkâ€™s Ian Rapoport. Photo Credit: Colts.com The lethal 6-1, 268-pound pass rusher revealed back in February that he hadÂ high hopes of retiringÂ with theÂ Indianapolis Colts,Â where heâ€™s spent his entire 11-year NFL career after the team selected him in the first round (No. 11 overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. Â It didnâ€™t take long before Freeney started singing a different tune, though. While he struggled to make the transition to 3-4 OLB in 2012â€”collecting a career-low 12 tackles with just 5.0 sacks (which was also the lowest sack total from Freeney out of the 2007 season that was cut short due to injury)â€”the Chargers have already stated they can tweak their defense to better suit Freeney. Moreover, his experience last season may have actually been a good thing in Chuck Paganoâ…
I hope Freeney does well, but it is my experience, that once speed pass rushers get old, they lose it quickly and I wouldn’t expect much out of Freeney this year.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Freeney’s two-year contract with the Chargers carries a base value of $8.75 million.
The deal pays $5.25 million in 2013, via a $3.25 million signing bonus, $1.5 million in guaranteed base salary, and a $500,000 roster bonus tied to Freeney’s presence on the weekly 46-man roster. (It works out to $31,250 per game.)
Freeney is due to earn $3.5 million in 2014, $500,000 of which is linked to weekly roster bonuses.
Dwight Freeney is a free agent no longer.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers have agreed to terms with the veteran defensive end/linebacker on a two-year contract.
Terms of the pact haven’t been announced, but he’s glad to find a new home.
“I’m excited to start this new chapter with some good people with great potential to do some great things,” Freeney told ESPN’s Ed Werder.
The 33-year-old Freeney, whose long career with the Colts came to an end this offseason, received little interest on the open market, but his services became in demand after the Bolts lost linebacker Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL.
Although Freeney isn’t as dominant as he once was, he still has enough left in the tank to make a significant contribution, especially in a 4-3 scheme he’s comfortable with.
Freeney recorded five sacks last season, giving him 107.5 takedowns in his 12-year career.
Dwight Freeney is still without an NFL home and if you ask his parents, they have differing views on where he should play next. Dwight Freeney’s father, Hugh, has said that he would prefer his son to play this season with the New England Patriots. Freeney has visited with the Patriots earlier in the offseason, but with Freeney’s main concern being money, it’s unlikely that he will wind up in New England. Hugh Freeney lives in Connecticut and would love to see his son play so close to his home. The elder Freeney said, “I would love for him to play for the Patriots. … For business purposes, I think it would be a great choice,” However, Dwight’s mother is dead set against her son joining the New England Patriots. Hugh Freeney said about why she doesn’t want Dwight to play for the Pats, “His mom is really, really against that city. They verbally abused her when she went to the game, they treat her badly. The mob was attacking her. She didn’t want to go back.” Acc…
Crazy Colts Fan – Jim Irsay Messing With Fans or Opposing Coaches with ‘The Icelander?’ (this dude is HUGE!)
Crazy Colts Fan – Jim Irsay Messing With Fans or Opposing Coaches with ‘The Icelander?’
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is teasing fans of his team and the opposition. On Monday he tweeted–because he likes to do that you know–that the team may be looking to sign a man mountain he referred to as ‘The Icelander.’
That’s the huge dude in the picture in case you are wondering.
Hafthor Bjornsson is the man-mountain’s name and for now at least he is a Strongman competitor. You know–that competition where guys leg press a ton of kids (literally 2000 pounds of them I believe), lift VW bugs for repetition and drag airliners, buses, and/or trains because they can (among other totally awesome things).
From the looks of him he’s pretty good at it too. Standing 6’9″ and weighing in at around 419 pounds (yes, that is a 4) he can bench press over 500 pounds, squat close to 800, and dead lift almost 900 pounds.
He’s been Iceland’s strongest man for th
The Indianapolis Colts signed a lot of free agents and added 7 more rookies in the draft. Let’s see how I think their roster will look now. Everything is not in order. OFFENSE (26 players) Quarterbacks Andrew Luck Matt Hasselbeck Chandler Harnish Running Backs Vick Ballard Donald Brown Kerwynn Williams Stanley Havili Wide Receivers Reggie Wayne TY Hilton Darrius Heyward-Bey Lavon Brazill Griff Whalen Tight Ends Dwayne Allen Coby Fleener Justice Cunningham Offensive Tackles Anthony Castonzo Gosder Cherilus Jeff Linkenbach Lee Ziemba Offensive Guards Hugh Thornton Donald Thomas Joe Reitz Ben Ijalana Mike McGlynn Centers Samson Satele Khaled Holmes Mike McGlynn** DEFENSE (24 players) Defensive Ends Cory Redding Fili Moala Drake Nevis Ricky Jean Francois Defensive Tackles/Nose Tackles Montori Hughes Josh Chapman Aubrayo Franklin Outside Linebackers Robert Mathis Erik Walden Bjoern Werner Lawrence Sidbury Inside Li
Colts HC Chuck Pagano referred to RB Vick Ballard as the “lead guy” in their backfield this season.
“It’s always nice to have a couple guys, a change of pace guy,” said Pagano, via ESPN.com. “But certainly at the end of the year with Donnie hurt and the way Vick came on and the way he was running, he was getting the lion’s share of the snaps. At this point, yeah, he’s sitting there as the lead guy.”
Pagano added that Donald Brown “looks fantastic” and could see time as a change-of-pace option in their offense this season.
“Vick is a solid, solid guy; Donnie is a home run hitter,” Pagano said. “If he gets the edge and hits a crease, he can take it the distance. For Vick, look at that last drive of the regular season against the Texans: We got the ball with 9:46 on the clock, we ran 12 plays, 11 runs, and we ended up taking a knee. Vick took the lion’s share of carries on that drive. He just keeps getting stronger, the more carries he has the better he gets.”
When you think of the Colts’ offense, a high-powered passing attack featuring quarterback Andrew Luck is probably what comes to mind, with the running game being an afterthought. However, you may be surprised to know that the Colts finished 14th in rushing attempts last season, and new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton loves to use his running backs in a variety of ways.
So who is going to be getting the bulk of the work out of the backfield? Head coach Chuck Pagano recently shed light on the situation, saying, “At this point… (Vick Ballard) is sitting there as the lead guy.”
Ballard finished his 2012 rookie campaign as the Colts’ lead back, edging out Donald Brown, who was the starter at the beginning of the season. Ballard led the Colts in rushing attempts with 211 (103 more than Brown) despite getting only 29 carries through the first five games (5.8 on average). Though he registered only 3.9 yards per carry (the same as Brown), it was clear that the or…
Former Indianapolis Colts pass rushing monster Dwight Freeney is amazingly still unemployed.
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