The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


February 15, 2013

Colts cut ties with OLB Freeney, WR Collie

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts and Dwight Freeney tried to make an awkward marriage work last season, but despite the best efforts from both parties the Pro Bowl defensive end never fully seemed comfortable as an outside linebacker in the team’s new hybrid 3-4 defense.

On Friday, the Colts decided to dissolve the relationship after 11 fruitful and productive years.

“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a team release. “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 was retained this season despite a salary cap hit of $19 million, and an ankle injury suffered in Week 1 at Chicago sidelined him for two full games.

When he was on the field, Freeney recorded just five sacks — the second-lowest total of his career — and a career-low 12 tackles. He was credited with one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

Freeney is scheduled to become a free agent on March 12, and Indianapolis informed him Friday it will not attempt to re-sign him.

“I was very surprised to hear they wanted to go in a different direction,” Freeney said in a text to ESPN’s Ed Werder. “Would have been nice to retire a Colt.”

Several reports said wide receiver Austin Collie was given the same news Friday by the team. Collie has suffered four concussions in the past three seasons and appeared in just one game in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Like Freeney, he is scheduled to become a free agent March 12.

Freeney was a starter for the Colts in their Super Bowl XLI victory against the Bears and the Super Bowl XLIV loss to New Orleans. A seven-time Pro Bowler, he is the franchise leader with 107.5 career sacks and also holds team single-season records for sacks and forced fumbles.

Collie caught 173 passes for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns in 42 games over four seasons.

Text Only
  • SPT - HB0322 - Grigson art Grigson happy with offseason additions Though he stopped just short of declaring his shopping spree over, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear Friday he's happy with the team's offseason haul.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0318 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Bremer-2.JPG George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football

    Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • news_irsaymugshot.jpg Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0316 - Nicks photo Nicks betting deal with Colts will pay off Hakeem Nicks is betting on himself. The 25-year-old wide receiver with a Super Bowl ring and a long injury history from five years with the New York Giants chose a fresh start in Indianapolis because he believes the pieces are in place for the franchise to make a long postseason run.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0315 - Nicks art Colts add WR Nicks on one-year deal The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver corps was severely depleted in the second half of the 2013 season. On Friday, the franchise bought an insurance policy for this fall.

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0314 - Jones art Colts DL Jones comes from fighting family If nothing else, Arthur Jones is up for a fight. Most older brothers are confident they can best their younger siblings. But it jumps to another level when the younger brother is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0313 - Alex Mack Colts quiet on free agency's second day Wednesday was relatively quiet for the Indianapolis Colts, as general manager Ryan Grigson appeared content to let the market settle on Day 2 of free agency before making his next move.

    March 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0312 - Arthur Jones art Colts' focus mainly internal on Day 1 Ryan Grigson crossed his top offseason priority off the list Tuesday as the Indianapolis Colts spent the first day of NFL free agency largely retaining their own talent.

    March 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0311 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Free agency season is upon us The Colts are about to lose cornerback Vontae Davis. Unless, of course, the sides are about to agree on a new deal. Depends on whom you're following on Twitter and when you last checked your timeline.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

Colts Video
Twitter Updates
Reader Photos From Camp

Share your camp photos with us.

Colts Camp Webcast Archive