The Indianapolis Colts have confirmed what I pretty much knew would happen. They are parting ways with star defensive end Dwight Freeney. Insert sad face here.
USA TODAY’S Nate Davis Reports:
One year after saying goodbye to longtime quarterback Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts are parting with another of the franchise’s all-time great players.The team announced Friday that it would not attempt to re-sign Dwight Freeney, whose contract expired after the 2012 season.”Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” owner Jim Irsay said in a statement.”He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”Some questioned the Colts’ decision to make Freeney the 11th overall pick of the 2002 draft since he wasn’t the ideal size (6-1, 268 pounds) to play defensive end in the NFL. But he quickly justified team’s faith, using quickness and his signature spin move to rack up 13 sacks as a rookie.Freeney leaves Indianapolis as the franchise leader in sacks (107½) and forced fumbles (44).
😦 Seeing the team that I have grown to love over the past 10 years change so much is tough but it is part of the game. Living in Indianapolis, I have had the pleasure of meeting Dwight out and about a few times and he is a really nice guy. I wish him best of luck!