Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney will remain with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. Freeney is in the final year of his contract and is due to a large salary for the upcoming season. This forced trade rumors and speculation that the team may even look to release Freeney. The team has several holes to fill and many felt that moving Freeney would be the move necessary to lead the team into their new era.
General manager Ryan Grigson addressed the situation on Monday March 26 and stated, “He’s a Colt. Period”. Grigson wanted to put an end to any rumors that the team may be looking to trade or release their best remaining player.
As a fan, this makes me very happy. Freeney is the only jersey I have left of a player still on the team and is one of the biggest stars remaining. I think he will be a captain of the defense and will be a leader that young players can look up to. Whether he remains with the team beyond 2012 is another question, but fans can be relieved that they will see another season of Dwight Freeney.
I felt all along that moving Freeney would not be the answer to helping the team improve now, or in the future. Dwight is one of the elite pass rushers in the game and can single handedly dominate a football game. Pairing him along with Robert Mathis in an attacking style defense is scary for opponents. There is little doubt that coach Chuck Pagano is going to install a defense that puts pressure on the opposing quarterback. The team will blitz more and the defense will look significantly different in 2012 than fans are used to. Dwight Freeney will likely be a big reason behind that. Playing the rush linebacker position, Freeney could have a season very similar to the player he will mimic, Terrell Suggs.
It’s nice to know that one popular player will be staying with the team next year. Dwight Freeney is one of the best players and most popular players on the team. I’m happy to see Freeney returning and terrorizing defenses again in 2012 for the Indianapolis Colts.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.