It's not fun to have to criticize players. I'd much rather write about Hilton's great TD catch or how Brown has learned to pass block. It's even less fun to criticize a HOF DE, one of the most beloved Colts of the last decade. I love Freeney, having watched him since he played at Syracuse. History aside, he has been an absolute disaster in the new defensive scheme. In roughly 3 1/2 quarters of play, he has one tackle. No sacks, no great penetration, no disrupting of a play, nothing. Mr Invisible. He played over a half tonight and wasn't even on the stat sheet. He looks lost, like he doesn't want to be here. He looks like a collect my checks so I can go somewhere else next year and do what I do player. We get all that for a cool 18 mil.
We could have saved a bunch of that money if we cut or traded him earlier this year. There were lineman out there we could have signed, maybe a defensive back or two. Now even if we get rid of him, that cap space does little good. Maybe I'm wrong and he turns things on once the season starts. Maybe he thrives when they start game planning, maybe he just plays well enough to get by. That's not a whole lot for all that money. I'd be cautiously optimistic if I even saw a flash this preseason, I've seen none. Granted it's been very limited playing time, but in that time, all he has managed to do is appear invisible. On a disappointing night, the only way he stood out was being the biggest disappointment of all.