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The New York Giants Should Probably Stay Away from Dwight Freeney

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up before a game with New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

I understand why the New York Giants are very likely going to move on from the aging, expensive Osi Umenyiora. And that's exactly why I don't understand why the Giants would then invest in the aging, slightly-less-expensive Dwight Freeney.

The Indianapolis Colts have informed Freeney that they're moving on without him after a 13-year marriage, and the 33-year-old pass-rushing specialist has already made it clear (via CBS New York) that he'd love to become a member of the Giants, whom he cheered for while growing up in Hartford, Connecticut.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Giants don't have a lot of money to spend. And the cash they can raise between now and the beginning of free agency should go toward signing their own free agents (both restricted and unrestricted) and filling roster holes with young talent. 

I understand that Freeney wasn't himself this season, due to a pair of circumstances that were beyond his control. He was nagged by an ankle injury and was forced to drop back and play outside linebacker in Chuck Pagano's new 3-4 defense. That's not easy on a veteran who has spent over a decade with his hand in the dirt. 

Still, it's clear that the 33-year-old Freeney is in decline.

He's two years older than Umenyiora and four years older than Justin Tuck. His sack total has plummeted in each of the last three years. Regardless of the scheme or the formation, he doesn't look like the player who dominated offensive tackles half a decade ago.

The Giants would be much better off swinging the bat at a couple draft picks (maybe even a first-rounder) and maybe even a cheap, young free agent or two (think: Victor Butler or William Hayes). 

Other teams will inevitably chase Freeney, so the supply-and-demand factor doesn't favor the team.

They've never spent money on players like him, so why start now?

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