Dwight Freeney Out For Year, Simeon Rice Gets Big Shot
If the Colts do it again, it will have to be without Freeney
Dwight Freeney is out for the season.
Most are going to report Freeney is the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. From a team perspective, I think that’s irrelevant. Teams are supposed to break the bank to lock up the best. Injuries will remain a fact of life in the NFL for the duration of its existence.
What’s more of a on field concern is how the Colts are going to replace the pressure Freeney puts on any quarterback with his sick array of spin moves and bull rushes.
Simeon Rice was signed this week after requesting his release from the Broncos.
I’m not a left end. Give me a call Coach Dungy
For Rice, the move is an opportunity to join a playoff contender.
Rice was released by Tampa Bay on the eve of training camp after six seasons with the Bucs, when the team said that he had failed a physical examination because of the shoulder injury that limited him to only eight appearances in 2006. Rice contended that the release was because he refused to accept a reduction of his 2007 base salary of $7.25 million.
After visiting with several franchises as a free agent, Rice signed the one-year, $3 million contract with the Broncos on Sept. 3. Rice acknowledged recently that he regretted signing with the Broncos. He demonstrated some flashes of his trademark upfield quickness, but Denver officials privately questioned the soundness of his shoulder and hinted he still wasn’t fully recovered.
Rice has long been one of the NFL’s premier sack threats. His 121 career sacks trail only Michael Strahan of the New York Giants. He has eight seasons with double-digit sacks. His streak of five consecutive seasons with 10 or more sacks was ended last year because of the shoulder injury.
The normally durable Rice had missed just one game in his first 10 seasons in the league.
Rice was originally chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 1996 draft.
In 172 regular-season games, he has 590 tackles, 37 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 60 pass deflections.
Hopefully Rice will give Dungy what he gave him in Tampa. If not, the Colts won’t be able to get past the Pats. We all saw how the Colts pressure frustrated Tom Brady. When and if these teams meet again, Brady will pick the Colts apart unless Bob Sanders brings his hard hat. It’s as simple as that.