DE Dwight Freeney to Sign with Indianapolis Colts and Then Retire

Dwight Freeney with the Falcons. Photo by John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Seven times Pro-Bowler defensive end Dwight Freeney will sign a contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, and then immediately retire, ending his NFL career in the place where he started it. He spent 11 seasons with the Colts and won Super Bowl XLI with the team in 2006.

He was a great player in every phase of the game,” – said former Colts general manager Bill Polian, who drafted Freeney. “He was known as a great sacker, but he could play the pass and the run as well. Terrific run player. He gave you everything you had every week. And what made him even more special is that he did it while knowing teams were aiming to try to slow him down every week.

Indianapolis Colts drafted Dwight Freeney 11th overall in the 2002 NFL draft, and Freeney had an immediate impact on the team. He set the NFL rookie record having 9 forced fumble in his first season, and finished as a runner-up for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He went on to form a partnership with Robert Mathis, which ended up becoming one of the best pass-rushing duos in the league.

Freeney earned seven Pro-Bowl selections, three First-team All-Pro honors, one Second-team All-Pro honors during his time with the Colts. He was also the NFL leader in sacks in 2004 and named a part of NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.

He also played for San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions. Dwight Freeney’s career stats include 332 total tackles, 125.5 sacks, 47 forced fumbles, 17 pass deflections and one defensive touchdown.