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However, according to the NFL Network, it might not be that easy. Freeney is said to want $6 million a year -- and might be willing to wait until the summer to sign. New Orleans also reportedly has interest in Freeney.
I can see Denver having issues with both Freeney’s financial demands and his timeline. The pass-rusher market has not been strong this offseason. Freeney is 33, coming off injuries and has been declining; I do not see Denver overpaying Freeney just to get him. It is not desperate for a top pass-rusher. And Freeney could merely be posturing at this point.
After all, the Broncos have Von Miller, who has 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. But they do want to get Miller help, ideally before the summer.
The report also states that Denver is “pretty well out of the mix” for Atlanta pass-rusher John Abraham. Freeney and Abraham both visited Denver last week.
Denver will likely look at pass-rushers in the draft regardless of what happens on the free-agent market.
5dEric D. Williams