Indianapolis' spring cleaning - er, make that wholesale renovation - has already removed a few high-profile names from the roster, and they're looking to move another in defensive end Dwight Freeney. And according to Len Pasquarelli, the Bears are very interested.
A trade for the Colts' all-time leader in sacks might cost quite a bit in both trade pieces and finances, and the 32-year-old is hitting the decline of his career - Freeney would cost $19 million against Indianapolis' cap, and even if traded carries a $14 million base salary, an amount that would put a huge dent in the Bears' available cap space, possibly preventing another move like a big name receiver.
Then there's the production - Freeney's cited in the article as having double-digit sacks in all but three of his seasons, which, while true, he had 10.5 in 2008, 10.0 in 2010 and fell just short of the mark in 2011. He's made the Pro Bowl each of the last four years, but he's definitely not the player he used to be.
What do you think, should the Bears pursue Freeney, and what would be the price you'd pay to get him?
Random interesting note: All of the Colts' moves so far have put them in a hole of $38 million in dead money.
H/T to C-Razzle for jumping on this in the FPs.