According to Yahoo NFL Reporter Charles Robinson, the Kansas City Chiefs are currently ‘poking around’ on Indianapolis Colts soon-to-be free agent inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman as a potential Derrick Johnson replacement:
While the Colts have successfully managed to re-sign both Dwayne Allen and Adam Vinatieri before free agency officially begins, there’s an increasing likelihood that Freeman may actually hit the open market without a new contract.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily bode well for his chances of remaining a member of the Colts, as the 29 year old inside linebacker figures to have his fair share of suitors coming off arguably his best NFL season.
Originally signed by the Colts out of the CFL in 2012, Freeman has started 57 games during his tenure with the team–becoming their leading tackler in 2 of those 4 seasons.
The 6’0″, 240 pound inside linebacker has always been highly regarded for his pass coverage, but it was actually his run-stopping ability that was his calling card this past season.
According to ProFootballFocus (subscription), Freeman was the league’s 2nd best inside linebacker against the run with a +16.2 run stopping grade–which was only behind Carolina Panthers All-Pro inside linebacker Luke Kuechly. It was a big reason as to why he was also PFF’s 2nd best inside linebacker overall, receiving a +21.4 grade.
It’s therefore no coincidence that he was listed as PFF’s #21 free agent on their Top 75 list of 2016 NFL Free Agents.
Freeman would figure to be a re-signing priority for the Colts, but at this point, it’s unclear whether the team is willing to give him a lucrative contract.
Something that Freeman recently alluded to, as he prepares for a potential departure:
Whether preparations will eventually be made for Kansas City however, remains to be seen.