Don’t look for Dwight Freeney to latch on with a Super Bowl contender this year.
After 16 NFL seasons, Freeney is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Thursday.
Selected No. 11 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, the undersized but freakishly quick Freeney was ideally suited for Tony Dungy’s Tampa-2 defense.
The Browns’ diligence and secrecy hasn’t slowed a daily assault of mock drafts and guesses as to what the team might do. Jackson said he blocks out all the noise, and chuckled at a report than Dorsey was favoring Allen. Everywhere you turn, that’s what everybody is talking about, he said. I’m not concerned about those things because I know what goes on here in the building every day. I talk to John Dorsey three, four, five times a day.
My focus, like I said, is to be the best leader, the best teammate, the best servant for the guys that are in this locker room, and that’s what I’m trying to be, McCarron told reporters. So for me to worry about ifs and what could happen, it’s just not a part of my DNA. I’ve never been that way and won’t ever do it.
After enduring a flat market in free agency, McCarron inked a low-level deal with the Bills after spending the past four seasons as Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati.
In Buffalo, he’s set to compete with second-year arm Nathan Peterman for the starting role, but the quarterback room is far from finished. Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear this week that finding a franchise arm is the unquestioned top priority in Western New York.
You’ve got to have a franchise quarterback, Beane said Monday. That’s one of the main jobs of a GM is to find a franchise quarterback, it’s a quarterback league, I’ll say it every single time. You have to have one.
These words came after the Bills shipped Tyrod Taylor to the Browns and handed McCarron a two-year, $10 million contract. That’s a pact reserved for backups and bridge passers, but McCarron isn’t in the mood to be categorized.