In this case, everyone knows that the Steelers are short on cap room and have had to do a lot of reworking just to get what they have. They have seldom been active with big names in FA anyway. It seems obvious to me that this would motivate nobody. Besides, I'm not thinking Coach T is the one behind these kinds of stories anyway.
Dwight Freeney at top of Denver Broncos' wish list
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: March 24, 2013
The Denver Broncos had pass rushers Dwight Freeney and John Abraham in town last Thursday as a fallback plan in case Elvis Dumervil flew the coop.
Now that Dumervil has chosen the Baltimore Ravens, the Broncos are turning their attention back to the two aging veterans.
A source close to the situation told NFL Network's Michelle Beisner on Sunday that the Broncos are "making a hard push" for Freeney.
Freeney -- who is represented by Dumervil's agent, Tom Condon -- is the Broncos' first choice, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis. In a bizarre twist, Klis had reported just moments before on Twitter that the Broncos are "expected to focus" on Abraham, with Freeney as a fallback option.
While Abraham has been more productive over the past three years, Freeney is two years younger and might have an "in" with Peyton Manning, his former longtime Indianapolis Colts teammate.
O dam man, now the Broncos are going to get him..
We never overpay anyone elses high priced free agents.
The Steelers are doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed and the front office is dumbbbb. and we won't win another superbowl for 40 years
Dwight Freeney wants richer deal than Osi Umenyiora
By Dan Hanzus
Around the League Writer
Published: March 28, 2013
Osi Umenyiora added some more context to the pass-rusher market Thursday when he officially signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
Dwight Freeney took note. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Thursday on "NFL Total Access" that Freeney wants more than Umenyiora's $8.5 million base earnings. And as NFL Network's Michelle Beisner reported earlier, Freeney's willing to wait to get the deal he wants.
The Denver Broncos have been the team most closely linked to Freeney. The veteran outside linebacker also has spotlighted the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins as potential destinations. The Dolphins ($15.7 million) have the most salary-cap space to play with, followed by the Broncos ($8.8M) and Lions ($7.3M).
Rapoport says Freeney is open to waiting until after the draft when teams can reassess roster needs. Another possible window is training camp, when teams must react to injuries.
It's an interesting strategy by Freeney, but it's a gamble he must feel comfortable taking.