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Freeney courted by Manning, snubbed by Colts

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Former Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney is moving on after 11 seasons with the Colts and his next stop could be with a high-profile former teammate.

Freeney said Wednesday that Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has urged him to play for the Broncos.

"He sent me a text and he just said, 'Hey, man, don't worry, come play with me in Denver," Freeney told Pro Football Talk Live. "I don't know how serious it was, but, you know, it's good to hear some of your former teammates still follow you, they care and they want to see you succeed."

Freeney doesn't feel that way about the Colts. He said he was snubbed after the season, telling PFT Live that the Colts never made him an offer to stay in Indianapolis. The 33-year-old had five sacks in 14 games last year.

Where Freeney will end up remains up in the air. New England has been mentioned as a possibility and Freeney said he'd be interested in the New York Giants, his favorite team growing up.

As for Manning and the Broncos, Freeney isn't so sure they'd need another defensive player like him with Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller already in the fold.

"I think they've got a couple good pass rushers over there. I don't know if they

have room for me," Freeney said.
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