Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney may not sign his franchise tender offer until a week before the start of the season, if he does not get the long-term contract he is looking for this offseason. But, ESPN News reported that Freeney is close to a signing a long-term deal that will make him the highest paid defensive player ever in the history of the NFL.
It makes for attention-grabbing news for AFC South quarterbacks in more ways than one. Importantly, Freeney has been working on more than just his new deal this offseason; he is focusing on his greatest attribute: Speed. Freeney has been concentrating on exploding off the snap by running 10-yard sprints and shuttles. This will help make Freeney become even more of a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators; making him even quicker off the D-Line of Indianapolis.
Try finding a way to stop him now big ugly left tackles â€“ keep the double teams coming! He is going to continue a yearly trend too, as he will also return to Syracuse to work out with strength and conditioning coach William Hicks. “You just have to keep sharpening your sword,” Freeney says. The five year vet, perennial pro-bowler from the â€˜Cuse will be a sure bet to up his sack total (5 ½) from last year, and with a career total of 56 ½ sacks and 27 forced fumbles, he is definitely worth any extension the Colts are willing to give him.
In the NFL the strength of the winning teams playing Defense (Cover 2 Teams like the Bears and Colts) is speed and Dwight’s strength is certainly speed. The NFL is looking for more Dwight Freeneys, who might be on the smallest side, but will make up for it greatly with their speed and quickness in reaching the quarterback â€“ getting the sacks teams love to get from an explosive, attacking defensive end. To get double-digit sack numbers from your ends and to drop your linebackers in to coverage and not blitz; helping out the secondary, is a good key to success â€“ just ask the teams that incorporate this style of philosophy (Bears and Colts) the two Super Bowl teams of last year.