Jerrell Freeman is in Chicago today visiting the Bears, but they are not the only team interested in the inside linebacker. Reports say that the Giants, Falcons, and Colts are all also interested in Freeman, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed his team's interest today.
"We have spoken to Jerrell Freeman," Quinn said today, according to AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter. "He has been on our radar. We are very impressed with his tape from Indy."
Freeman has definitely impressed during his four years in Indianapolis, as he was signed in 2012 out of the CFL and earned a spot out of camp. Not only that, Freeman earned a starting spot from week one, a role he's held with the Colts ever since. He has started 57 games in the past four years and has recorded 478 tackles, 12 sacks, 16 passes defensed, four picks (two returned for scores), eight forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He is very good in coverage and can hold his own in the run game too, and in 2015 he played better than ever and was a big part of Indy's defense. In fact, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently ranked Freeman as the second-best inside linebacker in the NFL in 2015 behind only the Panthers' Luke Kuechly.
It would be huge if the Colts could keep him, but it doesn't seem like the two sides are close at this time. It's likely that the Colts have a set monetary value that they've offered Freeman and are standing still in that offer, while Freeman then wants more. To his credit, he deserves to get payed as well as possible after playing for very cheap over the past four seasons and since he will turn 30 this offseason, so it's hard to blame him for wanting to cash in on this deal. The biggest question is what he wants and what the Colts are offering, and without that information we can't really make any judgements about the situation. Either way, however, the Colts aren't the only ones interested in Freeman, as in addition to his visit to Chicago today, the Falcons have interest as well.