They say that defense wins championships. If that's the case, the whispers swirling about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one of recent history's most prolific pass rushers can only be music to Bucs' fans' ears. Dwight Freeney remains a free agent after spending last year with Arizona, and the rumors are that he's choosing between the Cardinals and the Buccaneers.
Now entering his upper thirties, Freeney is not the player he used to be with the Colts, but he remains a fearsome pass rusher, recording eight sacks in just 11 games last season, his most since 2011 with the Colts. The Bucs already upgraded their pass rush by bringing in Robert Ayers and Noah Spence, but Freeney could make a fearsome foursome when combined with the two newcomers and Gerald McCoy.
Head coach Dirk Koetter has not ruled out signing veteran free agents, and Freeney would certainly fit the bill. It would make sense to bring in veterans to round out the roster. Beyond his impact on the field, Freeney would also serve as a good mentor to Spence, this year's second-round draft pick, as he adjusts to the pro game and works to become a top pass rusher.
Freeney ranks 19th on the all time sacks list with 119.5, has been named to seven Pro Bowls, is a three-time First-Team All Pro selection and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame First Team All-2000s Team.