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Colts and Freeney Parting Ways

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 15, 2013 – 4:45 pm



The Indianapolis Colts have informed outside linebacker Dwight Freeney that his contract will not be renewed.


“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” said Owner and CEO Jim Irsay.  “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.”


Freeney spent 11 seasons (2002-12) with the Colts after being selected by the team with the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. For his career, he has totaled 378 tackles (313 solo), 107.5 sacks, 44 forced fumbles, 14 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries in 163 games played (143 starts). Freeney has started 17 games in the postseason, recording 37 tackles (31 solo), nine sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.


Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, holds the Colts career and single season records for sacks and forced fumbles. He is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sack seasons, including four consecutive from 2002-05. In 2011, he topped 100.0 career sacks and currently ranks tied for 21st in NFL history with Pat Swilling. Freeney has recorded 25 multiple-sack games, including five contests with three-or-more quarterback takedowns.


Dating back to his rookie season in 2002, Freeney ranks first in the NFL in forced fumbles and fourth in sacks during that span. He has totaled sacks in 81-of-163 career games, producing sacks against 53 different quarterbacks and 27 different teams. Freeney is one-of-13 different Colts players to participate in 100-plus wins.

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24 Responses to “Colts and Freeney Parting Ways”

  1. By travus28 on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Wow what a stupid move come on Indy I understand he is going to cost a lot of money but use some since u het rid of him he will be going up against luck and he is a sacking machince so I guess during camp u should make sure luck gets the crap mocked out of him a few times so he can get used the beating freeney will give him!

  2. By DCooper on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    He will be missed!! The statement says nothing as to the reason why.

  3. By Kade Berone on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Travus28… LOL… your comment doesn’t make sense. Freeney’s been an awesome Colt, but he’s on the decline, doesn’t fit into the 3-4 defense we have as a linebacker, had a subpar year, and IS way too expensive to keep around. This was an obvious move the Colts had to make, and it frees up more money to get new key pieces for our defense. I applaud the move, Colts! Ryan Gigson didn’t win NFL Exec of the Year for nothing.

  4. By Steve on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Tough move but the right move. Can’t pay that much money for that position in the new defense.

  5. By Jason on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    You will be sorely missed. I have enjoyed watching you play as a Colt. Best wishes and good luck in the future.

  6. By Ball Sack on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    travus28 You seem really intelligent. Keep it up.

  7. By Justin Schaadt on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I agree, he just doesn’t fit into the new defense.

  8. By Austin on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    It’s sad to see him go. However, I think it was the right decision. We already had quite a bit of money, but now we’ll have even more.

  9. By ritchie on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    wow dwight can still play,the colts could of at least tried to sign him to some deal,if he wanted to big of money then part ways!this is a bad move by grigson,he will make them pay when the colts plays the team he is on!!!!! (bet)

  10. By John Gehring on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    For all we know it could be for medical reasons we cant judge the Colts franchise or Freeney for any reason. Rosters Change all the time and someone will step into that position the Colts are Still a good team lets not prejudge what we dont know

  11. By bizzy3320 on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    this is the dumbest move jim has made to date. Freeney along side Mathis has carried the defence for years.

  12. By Kade Berone on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    “Dumbest move Jim has made to date”? Come on. First of all… how do you know that? Remember how much people complained last offseason when Peyton, Clark, Addai, Brackett, etc. were released? How much did those moves hurt us?

    Besides, it’s Ryan Grigson making those final decisions. Like I said earlier… he didn’t win NFL Exec of the Year for nothing.

  13. By theoplothe on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Deep down, I knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it suck any less. I’ve been with the Frenzy from the beginning. I was the first person in the old dome with a Dwight Freeney jersey. RIght after he got drafted I ordered a custom jersey with #93. I still have that jersey, a Dreadhead jersey and now my current Frenzy authentic. Much love and respect to the future Hall of Famer.

  14. By Manda Wolf on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    It’s another sad day in Colts country but football is a business too. This is a smart move. We so enjoyed watchin this amazing football player. Good Luck and God BLess!!!!! We salute you man!!!!
    Go Colts!!!!!

  15. By Kelly on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Wow that is a stupid move on the Colts part…you all just can’d one of our best defensive lineman for the Colts…not to mention one of the best defensive players in the business. Your going to regret that one!

  16. By Jeremy on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I completely respect Dwight Freeney and what he has done for the Colts. If you still think hes a great fit for a 3-4 your are completely out of your mind. He is old and is past his prime. His stats alone are evidence of it. Nothing but respect, but his days of being a top teir DE is over. I wish it wasn’t so, but sometimes the truth hurts.

  17. By kelly on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    wow, parting ways with freeney? last reson i’m a colts fan. guess i’m parting ways with you too….

  18. By Melanie on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I am truly heartbroken….freeney has been a household favourite for 11 seasons. We will miss watching 93 play for the Colts. We still have 87 if he goes we will probably look for another team to follow. The Colts have gotten rid of some legends in the past 2 seasons just don’t know what our team is coming to =(

  19. By Kevin Gross on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    Just another reason why I am no longer a Colts fan. I have had season tickets since 2004. Bought Season Tickets last year and waited until the deadline because I was hoping Irsay would do the right thing with Peyton.

    He didn’t.

    I never went to 1 game last season. Not 1! So 3 seats in section 417 of Lucus Oil Stadium were empty all season long.

    I will NOT be buying them this year.

    Irsay is destroying the Colts! One of the greatest teams the NFL ever seen. But no longer.

    Btw Irsay, if Peyton is washed up, how come the Broncos had the first seed in the AFC playoffs? What did you get? A wild card seed. And were lucky to get that.

    And for all of the nay-sayers that are going to jump on me about loyalty, I have as much loyalty to the Colts as Mr. Irsay has to his players (Peyton, Clark, Saturday, Freeney).

    Irsay deserves to have the Lucus Oil Stadium empty every game of the regular season. I feel for the Indianapolis community because they are going to pay the cost of this man’s stupidity.

  20. By greg welchel on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    Alot of u have no football brains what so ever. You go by the name on the back of the jersey. Anybody who didnt see this coming needs to wake up. He was great in the 4-3 defense but colts dont run it anymore. He will never be able to play LB as and outside LB. Sad to see him go but the money he wanted isnt worth it and alot more guys will improve this defense over him. Why spend money for a name on the jersey when you can get guys who will fit the system better. Let me see i would take say Ed Reed over Freeney anyday. People need to look at the moneyband not names on jersey. Wont win superbowl if Freeney is taking up money for a position he isnt made to play.

  21. By Tojen on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    Sad to see the vets leave, but it eventually happens for one reason or the other. Good to have some money freed up to go after some younger talent. Very excited to see where this team is headed in the future. Thanks for the memories #93. You will be missed.

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