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Report: Colts 'fielding telephone calls' for Dwight Freeney trades

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Freeney could also be on the way out in Indy. (Getty Images)
The Colts have already blown up their roster for 2012. That's what happens when you release Peyton Manning (not to mention getting Heisman'd on a five-year deal by Pierre Garcon, guh). And they might be taking things a step further, as they're reportedly trying to deal defensive end Dwight Freeney.

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That's according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reports that Colts are "fielding telephone calls" on Freeney.

What the Colts can get in return for Freeney could be interesting. He's 32-years-old, but Freeney's a three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, who's posted double-digit sacks in all but three years of his 10-year career.

One of those years, he only played nine games. The other year was last season, when everything about the Colts was less awesome than in previous years.

And Freeney also only has one year remaining on his contract. However, that one year is going to cost a team $19 million in salary-cap space.

So it's unlikely that the Colts will get a huge return for the defensive end. But on a team that needs pass-rush help and has space under the cap, grabbing Freeney for a single, motivated contract year could make a lot of sense.

And let's not sleep on what trading for Freeney might do for a team in the middle of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes either.

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