Friday, February 8, 2013
Freeney a fit for Seattle?
By Tim Kavanagh
Thursday afternoon, a report indicated that the Seattle Seahawks may be lukewarm on signing impending free agent pass-rusher Paul Kruger, based on two red flags from this past season: one, that he performed significantly better in this, his "contract season," and two, that his production got considerably better once Terrell Suggs returned to the lineup, causing some to wonder whether he was more of a complementary player and not worth a big contract.
However, there's another free agent pass-rusher out there that may be a better fit. During an appearance on 710 AM ESPN this week, ESPN's John Clayton assessed the possibility of the team targeting Dwight Freeney in free agency.
"I don't know at this stage if anyone knows what kind of market Dwight Freeney has. He didn't have a great season necessarily in the 3-4 defense, and he's getting a little bit older," Clayton said. "But boy, when you talk about a great defensive end who can rush the passer, fit in a 4-3, this fits into that category.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Dwight would consider coming to Seattle because I do think it's an attractive team that is good for a pass rusher," he added, "and if you're looking to get into a championship situation, this would be the team to come to."
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"As you'd imagine I'm rather familiar with him. I see Freeney as a fit in a Wide-9 scheme or as a 4-3 DE. I believe he still has a lot of talent, but age is definitely a concern."