Freeney friend: He wants to stay an end

February, 9, 2012
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A close friend of Dwight Freeney's doesn’t expect the Colts defensive end to go for the idea of standing up and working as a 3-4 outside linebacker in a new defensive scheme.

Former Titans and Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck, a long-time friend of Freeney’s, said his pal wants to continue to play as an end. The two recently vacationed together in Australia and New Zealand.

I asked Bulluck for Freeney's thinking about the posibility of standing up in a 3-4.

“Dwight’s thinking is, he ain’t standing up,” Bulluck told us on the Nashville radio show "The Midday 180." “Dwight’s had his hand in the dirt for 11 years, now all of a sudden in Year 12 you want to ask him to stand up. I don’t know if that’s his answer, but that’s probably not far from it. I’m sure he’d do whatever he could do to help the team.”

Freeney’s counterpart at defensive end, Robert Mathis, is heading for unrestricted free agency.

There has been some speculation that if the new regime of general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano really wants to clean house and start fresh, they could even part ways with Freeney. Heading into the final year of his six-year contract, his cap number is slated to be more than $19 million. The team could save more than $14 million of it by cutting him.

Bulluck doesn’t think Freeney is expecting that.

“For any indication I get, he plans on being a Colt this football season,” Bulluck said. “But we haven’t really talked too much about that.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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