Saturday, February 16, 2013
Colts begin to clean house
By AJ Mass
The Indianapolis Colts are turning the page and will not be re-signing free agent linebacker Dwight Freeney or wide receiver Austin Collie to a new contract, allowing both to seek employment elsewhere.
For Collie, the change of scenery might be just what the receiver needs. His time with the Colts has been dominated by devastating injuries, including multiple concussions, as well as a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season early. So while Andrew Luck was developing a rapport with his wideouts, Collie was nowhere to be found.
However, Collie has had success with one particular quarterback in the past. Something tells us few people would be shocked if the Denver Broncos didn't come knocking on his door to see if he wouldn't mind giving Peyton Manning yet another option in the passing game.
As for where Freeney might end up, ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky has some ideas:
Paul KuharskyMarket for Freeney could be limited
"Wherever he lands, he’s going to make far less money. Guys his age coming off 12-tackle, five-sack seasons don’t get big money, or lengthy deals. Some will regard him as a bit fragile. He's not going to be a big part of a team's run-stopping effort. But if he’s willing to take an incentive-laden deal, he can do fine."