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Colts Free Agent Watch: Jerrell Freeman

Intro: Over the next few weeks, will take a look at the team’s unrestricted free agents. First up is inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman.


INDIANAPOLIS – In his final audition before entering weeks of uncertainty, Jerrell Freeman left quite the lasting impression.

Freeman, unquestionably the Colts' most productive starter heading into free agency, was all over the field in the team's season finale a few weeks back.

Playing against the Titans, the team who cut Freeman in 2008, he had eight tackles, two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.

That performance left fellow running mate D'Qwell Jackson in amazement afterward saying: "I've never had a game like that in 10 years."

For Freeman, his Colts' debut in 2012 (also his first ever NFL game) began with a pick six in Chicago.

Will another interception return for a touchdown highlight his last game in Indianapolis?

"It is pretty interesting," Freeman says of the irony in his start with the Colts and possible finish.

"Is that how I end my career in Indy? That's not my call. All I can do is go out there, play ball and let the business side play out. You know me, I'd love to stay and finish out my career here.  All I can do is go out there and play football."

Freeman has played football quite well in his four seasons with the Colts.

Ryan Grigson's first signing as general manager has arguably been his best when you factor in where Freeman came from and the production he's amassed in the NFL.

The former Canadian Football Leaguer led the Colts in tackles the first two seasons he was in Indianapolis. When Pat Angerer was sidelined with a 2012 preseason foot injury, Freeman thrived.

Despite missing four and three games, respectively, the last two seasons, Freeman has still been the Colts second leading tackler.

That all is on Freeman's resume.

Now, comes the unknown of where his next NFL stop will be.

Freeman turns 30 in May and, after years of dreaming about playing in the NFL, he now has some control of where he will play in 2016.

Not many players Freeman's age are experiencing their first real free agency, but he is---after his path took him north of the border.

The questions on Freeman's NFL future are aplenty, with no real answers.

-Do the Colts still believe they can have a linebacker duo of D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman, with both players in their 30s (Jim Irsay has mentioned a need to getting younger on defense)?

-Do the Colts think backup linebackers Nate Irving and Sio Moore are fully healed and can play starting roles, thus making Freeman expendable?

-Is Freeman going to seek out the most profitable free agent-contract, a move one could hardly blame him for, as he gets his first real look at free agency?

"I've been a free agent for most of my life, but it's different now because I'm kind of in control of everything," Freeman says.

"Coming out of college (2007) I was a free agent, getting cut twice, going to Canada, coming back here as a free agent. Now, this is different. I played out the whole contract, got the tender (last year) and now I'm just free. I don't know if it's scary. It's just different."

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