As I write this, there are roughly 12 hours left in the month of April. Or if you live on the west coast, there are 15 hours. Or if you live in New Zealand (a hotbed for 100 Yards and Running readership), April has been over for a while now.
It’s the time of the year when patios are swept off, and lined with recently emptied bottles. On the right coast it’ll soon be warm enough that a coat isn’t necessary, which means many will rush summer, and remove more articles of clothing. Don’t be the bro who walks around in shorts when it’s 15 degrees (59 in American).
So as the flowers bloom and the birds sing, Dwight Freeney is coming to the realization that he needs to find employment. And doing that requires being much more reasonable.
Like John Abraham, Freeney is still a veteran defensive end free agent with the calender flipping to May. He’s then dealing with the same problem that every free agent wrestles with in May (or almost May): rosters are overflowing after the draft, and most teams in need of a player at any position filled said need through the draft.
That’s why he’s reportedly lowering his price to something a little more reasonable. Here’s what Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post dropped at the top of a recent Q&A session:
Freeney started at $8 million for 2013 in his initial talks with the Broncos. That number got closer to $6 million as the talks went on, but the Broncos moved on at that point.
Freeney has since told teams he wants a deal similar to Falcons’ Osi Umeniyora — $8.5 million over two seasons — and that was still more than the Broncos envisioned.
Teams still searching for a defensive end are now choosing between Freeney and Abraham, and that decision should be easy. Abraham.
That’s true despite his advanced age (Abraham will turn 35 in May, while Freeney is 33), as Abraham has 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Freeney, meanwhile, was stuck at a meager five this past season.
But Freeney may have just put himself ahead by lowering his price, with Abraham still stubbornly (and insanely) seeking something in the vicinity of $12 million annually.