Colts to release Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The Indianapolis Colts has notified outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie that they will not be retained.

Both players’ contracts expire March 12.

In his 11 seasons as a Colt, Freeney played in seven Pro Bowls and has become the team’s career leader with 107 and 1/2 sacks. His 44 forced fumbles from 2002-12 were an NFL high.

“Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney,” said Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Freeney had career lows of 12 tackles and five sacks last season while making the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. He received $19.035 million last season with a base salary of $14.035 million.

Collie, 27, had a history of concussions and is coming off a ruptured patellar tendon injury that ended his 2011 season. He caught 173 passes for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns while mostly working from the slot in his four seasons with the Colts.

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