The Indianapolis Colts are getting some help for their anemic pass rush, and they’re doing it with a familiar face. The Colts signed former Colt, Falcon, and Seahawk Dwight Freeney to bolster their defensive unit earlier this week. This unit had a league second-worst 25 sacks last season while allowing the third-most points per game last year (25.3).
The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer spent last season with the Seahawks and Lions after helping the Falcons to Super Bowl LI, where he had seven hurries and a sack as the Falcons lost after being up 28-3. He managed just three tackles but mustered 3.0 sacks in limited snaps last year.
The old dog is slowing down, but he is certain to help his old Colts squad, where he spent his glory years, totaling at least ten sacks in seven of his first nine seasons. He’s not quite that player any longer, but he will be an improvement on a Colts defense that redefined terrible pass rush.
He can help replace Barkevious Mingo, who was the best player on an awful pass rush in 2017. I can’t overstress how much this is the best move for the Colts otherwise lethargic offseason, where they seemed to be treading water. It’s finally a step in the right direction for the moribund franchise that can’t stop spinning its wheels and wasting Andrew Luck’s career.
As for the details of the contract, he signed a one-day deal with the Colts to reti—oh.
He’s retiring. Never mind, scrap this whole thing. Nothing to see here. Thank God I went with “resigns,” instead of “returns to,” since technically the title is still correct.
Man, that would have been really embarrassing.