Holdup in Freeney talks may be money

May, 17, 2013
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The San Diego Chargers are still interested in signing pass-rusher Dwight Freeney even though his visit has ended.

It could come down to finances. Freeney, who would be the Chargers’ best rusher, has been looking for a good contract since leaving the Colts. Freeney is considered the best pass-rusher on the market.

I doubt he’d bring down his price, knowing he’d have a big role in San Diego. The Chargers have limited cap room and needs along the offensive line. So, there may be some haggling to do.

Perhaps the Chargers, who are around $5 million under the salary cap, may wait until after June 1 to try to get the Freeney deal done. They will get an additional $4 million in cap room then from cutting Jared Gaither. Freeney has been on the market for months and has not been in a hurry to get a deal done, so perhaps an agreement can be made in a few weeks if it can’t get done now in San Diego.

Whether San Diego signs Freeney or not, it must get more pass-rush help after 2012 first-round pick Melvin Ingram tore his ACL this week in a non-contact OTA drill.

In other AFC West notes:

Former Oakland running Mike Goodson was arrested in New Jersey on drug and gun charges. He left the Raiders for the Jets in free agency this offseason.

The Broncos made some minor language changes in the contract of quarterback Peyton Manning. Nothing changes for him financially or for the team’s salary cap. The change is procedural and involves Denver getting insurance money in case Manning, 37, doesn’t play in 2014.

New Oakland returner Josh Cribbs is not worried about his progress from a knee injury. He should be ready to go when the season starts.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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