Sept. 25, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney (93) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Have Interest in Dwight Freeney

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still looking to replace veteran linebacker James Harrison, who the team released after failing to agree to a restructured deal. As they pursue a replacement, they look to the Indianapolis Colts, who were at one time a fierce AFC rival, for their potential replacement.

According to reports, the Steelers have shown interest in former longtime Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the meantime, the Steelers reportedly have interest in former Indianapolis Colts defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney, as do the Broncos. At 33, he is two years younger than Harrison and until last season was a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. When Indianapolis switched to a 3-4 last season, Freeney’s conversion to outside linebacker did not go well

Part of the blame for Freeney’s lack of production as a 3-4 outside linebacker could be an ankle injury that plagued him, but the lack of experience at his position could be partially to blame as well.

If the Steelers didn’t believe that Freeney had potential as a rush linebacker in their scheme, then there would be no interest in the former Colts star.

Whether or not anything comes of the interest has yet to be seen. The Steelers are tight up against the salary cap, so they would likely only pursue Freeney at a discounted price.

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