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Detroit Lions Should Just Say 'No' to Dwight Freeney

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans looks for a receiver as Dwight Freeney  #93 of the Indianapolis Colts rushes at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 28-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2013

Dwight Freeney says he is interested in playing for the Detroit Lions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Lions should politely say, "Thanks, but no thanks."

Freeney's best years are very clearly behind him. Yes, he could have topped eight sacks again had he been healthy all 16 games in 2012 and the Lions do lack just about any outside pass-rushing presence.

However, the fact is Freeney wants one last big payday and the Lions should absolutely not bite.

If what NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted is accurate, getting Freeney will just be way more expensive than what the Lions should spend:

Maybe $6 million per year doesn't seem like a ton, but if you were going to pay that money out, why not pay Cliff Avril? He got a two-year, $13 million contract, he's half Freeney's age and as (if not more) productive.

Give your own players a long-term contract, don't overpay for an aging veteran.

Why didn't the Lions make a real run at Connor Barwin? The Eagles got him for $36 million over six years. While the guaranteed money might have been an issue up front, the long-term investment would have made more sense.

In the end, spending what Freeney wants isn't going to get the Lions closer to a playoff berth—it would just get Freeney closer to a secure retirement fund.

 

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