Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said on Monday that seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney will be back in the horseshoe.
“Everything with Dwight is great. He’s going to be here this year,” Grigson said. “We expect him to be a major contributor and a guy who strikes fear in our opponents and those offensive linemen every week.”
This past season Freeney cracked the 100-career sack plateau in earning his fourth straight Pro Bowl appearance.
It remains to be seen how No. 93 will fit into the new Colts defensive scheme but there is no doubt where he will be playing football come September.
“When we start getting to practice and OTAs, Coach Pagano will address our scheme and what we’re going to do specifically,” Grigson said. “We’re still trying to build this team and get our coaches in line and on the same page with this scheme.”
The Colts added former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Cory Redding on March 14th giving them some more pieces among the defensive line.
With Redding in the mix, the Colts have another end to go with a pair of returning Pro Bowlers that have wreaked havoc for opposing Indianapolis quarterbacks during the past nine seasons.
“We’re going to take it day-by-day and everything right now looks great for our defense with re-signing Robert (Mathis) and having Dwight in the fold,” Grigson said. “It sure makes me sleep better at night knowing those two guys are going to be bringing it on third down.”
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