An energized Dwight Freeney, 'a young 32,' feels 'great'
September 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Colts outside linebacker DwightFreeney has been one of the NFL's premier pass rushers practically from day one. But an 11th season with the franchise was reportedly in doubt when media speculated in the offseason and preseason that he could be traded to save $14 million of salary cap space.
Freeney enters the final year of his contract with a franchise-record 102 1/2 sacks. No. 93 is being asked to convert to a new position from defensive end, and his future is uncertain beyond this season.
Indianapolis Star reporter Phillip B. Wilson broached those topics and more during a recent question-and-answer interview.
Question: How much if at all do you think about the term "contract year"? I know you're human.
Answer: Oh, 35 percent of the time.
A: Yeah. Contract year, you know this could be it. If it is it, you want to cherish every moment you have still in this building and in this city, and hopefully you can get something done. So I would say 35 percent of the time. Not over half, you're thinking about everything else, but sometimes you reflect. I think when you get older, you start doing that a little bit more than when you're younger. When you're younger going into a contract year, it's not really a big deal. When you're older, it's kind of like, "Well, this could be it. I don't know." You don't know what's going to happen.