Once the Indianapolis Colts officially parted ways with longtime defensive end Dwight Freeney recently, the league started buzzing with the free agent market for defensive ends becoming that much more compelling with the veteran being available.
With Freeney receiving interest from multiple teams including the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, there may be another team that could be added to the list of candidates with four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning reportedly reaching out to his former teammate according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
Freeney said on Wednesday’s PFT Live that quarterback Peyton Manning already has begun the recruitment effort.
“He sent me a text and he just said, ‘Hey man, don’t worry, come play with me in Denver,” Freeney said. “I don’t know how serious it was but, you know, it’s good to hear some of your former teammates still follow you, they care and they want to see you succeed.”
After a 13-win season resulting in locking up the number one seed in the AFC and winning an AFC West division title in his first year with the Broncos, Manning hasn’t missed a beat since undergoing multiple neck surgeries last year forcing the Indianapolis Colts to part ways with the future Hall of Famer.
As a result of Manning’s instant success with the Broncos, the immediate future looks bright in Denver and the team may benefit from bringing in Freeney to share time with up-and-comers Von Miller and Elvis Dumeril. Freeney will likely want to look for a bigger role as well as a bigger paycheck to play with another team, but the Broncos might be an option with Manning reaching out personally to his former teammate.
Heading into next season, the Broncos will be among the legitimate Super Bowl title contenders right out of the game in the NFL. The addition of Freeney would only boost the teams chances of remaining dominant on the defensive side of the football.