Source: Freeney will visit Patriots today

March, 15, 2013
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In addition to safety Adrian Wilson and defensive end John Abraham, free-agent linebacker Dwight Freeney will visit the Patriots on Friday, sources confirmed to ESPN.

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Freeney, whom Patriots quarterback Tom Brady rarely passes up the opportunity to praise, had 5 sacks and just 12 tackles in 14 games in 2012. He recently turned 33.

Drafted 11th overall by the Colts in 2002, Freeney is the franchise's career sacks leader (107.5), the only Colts player to win a league sacks title (16 in 2004) and his seven Pro Bowl appearances are tied for fifth in franchise-history with Lenny Moore. The only Colts with more Pro Bowl selections are Peyton Manning (11), Gino Marchetti and John Unitas (10 each) and Jim Parker (eight). Marchetti, Unitas, Parker and Moore are all Hall of Fame members, and Marchetti is the only Colts' defender to appear in more all-star games than Freeney.

Freeney was most effective in the traditional 4-3 defense, and after switching to the 3-4 for the first time last season, Freeney saw his numbers drop.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesDwight Freeney's production has been on a steady decline.
His 2012 statistics continued a steady decline over the past few seasons. In 2011, he had 19 tackles and 8.5 sacks, which was down from 25 tackles and 10 sacks in 2010. And that was down from 2009 when Freeney had 31 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

Wilson, recently released by the Cardinals has played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with Arizona, totaling 894 tackles, 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks. He is one of just six players in NFL history with 25 or more sacks and 25 or more interceptions. He, too, is 33.

A former third-round pick out of North Carolina State, Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro choice.

Abraham, 34, finished the 2012 season with 10 sacks as a member of the Falcons, who recently released him due to salary-cap ramifications.

He was originally drafted by the Jets in the first round back in 2000, and played for them for five seasons. He has 122 career sacks in 12 seasons, including seven seasons with double-digit sacks.

Abraham has recently visited both the Seahawks and 49ers.

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