Sep 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) watches a replay on the video screen during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jacksonville defeats Indianapolis 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney Left Town Without a Contract. Now A Waiting Game


Here we go again. Dwight Freeney came to town, stayed the night, took a physical and left town without a deal. No deal! We just did this same song and dance with Bryant McKinnie and McKinnie ended up locking up a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

With Freeney in town, there has been talk from Mike McCoy saying that the team would adjust the defense in order to get the most out of Freeney. Freeney was used in a 3-4 defense last season and he didn’t have the impact that he had shown in the past. His most productive years were when he put his hand in the dirt and was asked to chase after the quarterback every down. That’s not exactly the role he would play in a traditional 3-4 defense, but the Chargers can use a hybrid and have Freeney chase the QB on every down. Freeney can be used as the Leo Defensive End in a system similar to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not exactly a 3-4 and not exactly a 4-3 defense. It’s the hybrid defense that makes sense if we add Freeney to the roster.

First things first though, can we get a deal that makes sense to both sides. Freeney is out and about shopping for a new team and looking for the best deal possible. Did we offer enough to put Freeney in blue and gold? Time will tell.

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Tom Telesco probably has his price.These guys can possibly get more elsewhere, on teams who are closer to a Superbowl… that doesn’t mean they are worth the cash some are willing to dish out. Tom knows Freeney. I would hope that he made him an offer that would make sense for us, but wouldn’t put us in the dog-house. And also the type of deal that if someone came at Freeney with the same type of money, that they have enough mutual respect that he would give TT a chance to counter. I may just be dreaming stuff up there, though.. lol.

    • tubbs45

      Freeney has already said that at this point in time this is amount making $$. last contract, travel/retirement fund!

  • Rob Base

    Freeney calls Telesco in the morning saying…Show me the money! Like you said Ernie time will tell. Either way Telesco will get something done. I do like the Keiser signing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.outlaw Ryan Elliott

    This sounds like a bad joke that starts out by saying, “stop me if you’ve heard this before………………………”

    One thing is for certain, this is the first time we heard McCoy express his interest in, This is Telesco’s baby Scouted, drafted, watched him develop into the beast he is today, and apparently Pagano was golfing with him earlier today. Our cards are on the table, now its the dreaded waiting game to see what Freeney chooses to do. I hope it’s for a multi year deal. Would be nice to see Freeney and Ingram on the field at the same time next year.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Agreed… Would love to get him a couple of seasons… Then we can drop JJ after the year and have Ingram with Freeney running through the defense

  • Alter Ego

    Augh! Freeney doesn’t want to play OLB – Round peg square hole. TT did the right thing. The Freeney love affair by the pundits is hopefully over. Thank Gaawd. Stay shrewed TT.

    • nativesandiegan

      Wouldn’t be in a 3-4. Did you read the article? Freeney still has a lot to offer- in the right system-hybrid with hand on ground. TT and Freeney know each other; they’re not playing games like Mckinnie did.

  • thegorn

    He’s either looking for money or a chance to win a championship, something we can’t offer.

    I wish there were a way for us to put Rivers in suspended animation until next year. We have too many missing parts to contend, perhaps even to spoil.

  • tubbs45

    EP, good research the leo end/backer is exactly right. the hybrid indicating that you have a flexible 3-4 system and are willing to use ends/OLB interchangeably depending on what you are planning against or expect.

  • Nick in PB

    It’s likely he offered Freeney what the Chargers could afford. It’s up to Freeney to decide. We will have to play the waiting game now and see if any other teams have that need. All it takes is another injury, on another team, to mess this up. The only way he takes less money is if no other teams show interest or if a contender shows interest. I don’t think that makes our odds all that good.

  • tubbs45

    I have found our Friday solution to a pass rusher:

  • arnie

    let it go Ernie. he’s not the answer to our problems.