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Dwight Freeney might be worth looking into

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Wood, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    Released by Indy yesterday. Might be better fit for 4-3 than Spencer. He will be 33 shortly - might still give you 2-3 years. Freeney is looking to get back with 4-3 defense after bad experience with 3-4 last year in Indy. Biggest question will be what does 33 year old all-time Indy sack leader want for a contract. Could be considerably cheaper than Spencer and produce similar results if not better. Saved money could be spent on interiors of OL/DL.
  2. EPL0c0

    EPL0c0 The Funcooker

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    As a starter...no. As depth, sure for a year, unless there's youth worth developing now
  3. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    No. Absolutely NOT.
  4. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    This is one I'd not be too quick to dismiss. The key here is his health and contract demands. I'd want to work him out and have a very good look at his tape the last couple of years. And make some calls.

    A lot depends on Spencer. I'm starting to lean on his getting money elsewhere.
  5. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    And play him where? The strong side? Where he's never played?

    Sorry but bringing in Freeney would be a huge mistake.

    I'd rather bring in some relatively unknown YOUNG guy to play SDE.

    Oh wait... we already have that on the roster... Tyrone Crawford.
  6. BlueStar22

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  7. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    It's interesting although age probably weighs pretty heavily against it. I'd think that Freeney would be more of a backup to Ware rather than a replacement for Spencer. THe DE spots are slightly different and I think Freeney would be more of a WDE like Ware.

    That said, if we could have Freeney in here instead of Victor Butler, I'd be all for it. :)

    It doesn't solve our Spencer Problem though. I think he would have to accept significantly less than market value if he's gonna come back. I'd bet Dallas could offer him 8 to 8.5 a year, but he's looking at 10-12 elsewhere. It depends on how badly he wants to stay in Dallas. That's a lot of $$ to leave on the table.
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    No he's not the greatest guy at 4-3 DE to play the run. But he can get to the passer. Also you're going to move the ends around some to get Ware away from the double teams and chips but also just cause.

    If I had Freeney I'd not hesitate to play Ware at the same time as the SDE on occasion. Again depends on his contract demands and whether Spencer is here yada.

    BTW, I'm high on Crawford and agree he can play SDE; in fact I suspect well. However, right this moment he's no Freeney pass rush wise.

    We could use Freeney. However, I wouldn't get too worked up over it one way or the other. I don't see us spending what money we have on him.
  9. Mansta54

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    He's definately NOT a better fit then Spencer. Spencer sets the edge better, plays the run better, and gets upfield just as good as Freeney. Spencer will be a better DE then he was a OLB. I would take Freeney as dept to play on passing downs if the price is right. He can still rush the passer.
  10. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    No doubt about that. Thing is Freeney would/should be significantly cheaper. Finances being equal, no one would choose Freeney over Spencer at this point in their careers.

    At any rate, even a cheaper Freeney may not be cheap enough.
  11. Rack Bauer

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    He had 5 whole sacks last year and 8.5 the year before. He can't get to the passer anymore.

    And moving Ware to SDE (where he'd be less effective) so that you can put Freeney at WDE (who is less effective than Ware) would be an incredibly unwise move.
  12. Titleist

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    C'mon man, we give Freeney the big $$ he obviously wants just so he can be a BACKUP? No way. We simply don't have that kind of money to throw around
  13. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    No one said big money.
  14. Titleist

    Titleist Well-Known Member

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    I don't care that the guy is 32...he's a 7x Pro Bowler and has racked up over 100 sacks in his career. He can still demand the big bucks and get them. It sure ain't comin from us though
  15. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    freeney has long been one of my favorite players in this league, but i cant see spending money on him. we need to be looking in a completely different direction. I vote we pass on freeney.
  16. BruceLee5450

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    If we are unable to sign Spencer, I'd much rather bring in Osi & have him rotate with Crawford. Having snaps taken away from him in New York, he still has proven he can provide pressure to the QB & decent against the run + I am thinking Osi would come at a reasonable price.
  17. xwalker

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    I have suggested Freeney before in discussions about Spencer.

    Freeney would be a Nickel pass-rushing specialist at Strong-Side DE and a backup to Ware at WDE. The Nickel pass-rusher would rarely have to play the run.

    Freeney (Nickel) + Crawford (Base) should be much cheaper than Spencer.

    I wouldn't expect Freeney to get over 4M.

    In the above scenario, he would not really be a starter or a backup. I would call it a pseudo-starter similar to the 3rd WR or slot CB.
  18. AMERICAS_FAN

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    I remember reading last offseason how Ware and Osi are great friends, train together in the offseason, and both said they would love to play together.
  19. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    You are making an assumption that he will get a big salary this year. Everyone else posting in this thread has gone with the opposite assumption that he would be affordable.

    If he is commanding a big contract, then there's no point in discussing it. Everyone else seems to get that and is speculating whether Freeney would be worth considering.

    We all know that if Freeney requires a big contract then he's not comin here. You are arguing with no one on this point. You're debating an aspect of the discussion that no one is arguing for. This thread has the built in inference that Freeney would be at least less than half the cost of Spencer.

    It's as if two people are deciding between chicken and steak, and you insist that the only option is vegetarian and the case should be closed.
  20. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    Didn't they graduate from the same High School or something? Few years apart?

    Ok. I looked it up. They both went to Auburn(AL) High School and also both went to Troy University. Osi is two years ahead of Demarcus.

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