Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has made it clear who he wants the front office to pursue in free agency.
From his Twitter account, White said:
“I would love to see Dwight Freeney in a falcon uniform next year I hope that’s not tampering.”
The Indianapolis Colts have already declared they won’t re-sign Freeney, so the defensive end will be an unrestricted free agent come March 12.
The 33-year-old pass rusher has totaled 107.5 sacks in his 10 seasons, but he has just 13.5 sacks over the past two seasons. It should be noted Freeney was forced into the outside linebacker role in Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defense, which explains the five-sack season last year.
The Falcons have been searching for a pass rusher to complement 34-year-old John Abraham since he arrived in Atlanta. If Freeney still has something left in the tank, he and Abraham would generate a pass rush the Falcons desperately need.
Atlanta is in win-now mode, so the signing would make sense from that perspective. As it stands, the Falcons need to get younger, and signing a 33-year-old at a key position isn’t ideal for the long-term.