Report: Freeney wants bigger deal than Umenyiora got with Falcons
Free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney reportedly is expecting to get a bigger contract than the two-year, $8.5 million deal that Osi Umenyiora got with the Falcons and he's willing to wait until training camp, if he has to, to get that money.
A two-year, $8.5 million deal might be enough to land Osi Umenyiora, but it's not enough to land Dwight Freeney. Freeney has reportedly made it clear that the only way he's signing with a team this offseason is if the deal is worth more than the $8.5 million overall that Umenyiora got with the Falcons, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
"We saw that Osi signed a two-year, $8.5 million base contract," Rapoport said. "I'm told that Freeney wants more than that and he's willing to wait for it. He's willing to wait until right after the draft when teams start to realize maybe they didn't get the pass rusher they wanted."
This is the first time in Freeney's 11-year career that he's had to look for work. The 33-year-old defensive end had been with the Colts since being drafted by Indianapolis in 2002.
Possible landing spots for Freeney include Denver, Detroit and Miami. Besides the obvious need for Freeney's talent, each of those three teams could also afford him. The Dolphins are $15.7 million under the salary cap, the Broncos are $8.8 million under and the Lions are $7.3 million under.
If Freeney can't find a team to pay him what he wants by draft time, he'll just wait longer, according to Rapoport. "The other window of opportunity that he spotlighted is right around training camp when some teams do have injuries," Rapoport said. "He's willing to wait for it to get the right deal."
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