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Colts drop Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie

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WTHR Channel 13 has confirmed that Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney will not re-sign with the team.

After 11 seasons, Freeney's career with Indianapolis is over. Freeney, 32, is the all-time sack leader with 107 sacks for the Colts.

Wide receiver Austin Collie will also not be back. He has dealt with several concussions and knee injuries.

Dwight Freeney stats:

  • A seven-time Pro Bowl selection earning his latest honor in 2011.
  • In 2008, was voted to the Pro Bowl along with teammate Robert Mathis as the two became the first defensive end duo in club history since 1958 (Gino Marchetti and Don Joyce) to both appear in the game. Freeney and Mathis became the first defensive end tandem since 1970 from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • Topped 100.0 career sacks in 2011 and currently ranks tied for 23rd in the NFL all-time with 102.5 sacks entering the 2012 campaign. His sack total is also tops in franchise history.
  • Led the NFL in sacks with 16.0 in 2004, becoming the first member of the Colts franchise to accomplish the feat.
  • Is the only Colts player with seven double-digit sack seasons, including four consecutive from 2002-2005 and has recorded seven of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in team annals.
  • Was tied for the fifth-most sacks for the first five seasons of an NFL career with 56.5. He had ranked fourth among NFL players in career sacks (24.0) after two seasons and third (40.0) after three seasons.
  • Has 25 multiple-sack games, including five three-plus sack contests.
  • Has produced quarterback takedowns in 76-of-150 career games, 67-of-130 career starts and has tallied sacks against 50 different quarterbacks and 26 different NFL teams.
  • Compiled a franchise record nine consecutive games with at least one sack dating from Game 16 of the 2008 season through Game 8 of the 2009 campaign. His streak tied Bruce Smith (1986-1987) and Kevin Greene (1997-1998) for the third longest in NFL history. The league record is 10-straight games.
  • His streak of eight consecutive games with a sack to start a season in 2009 also tied teammate Robert Mathis' NFL record for consecutive games with a sack to start a season.
  • From 2002-2011, ranks second in the NFL in sacks (102.5) behind Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (105.0).
  • Dating back to his rookie season in 2002, leads the NFL in forced fumbles with 43 and has totaled seven career games with multiple forced fumbles.
  • Entering the 2012 season, the Colts are 56-20 when he tallies at least one sack in a game and 26-8 when notching at least one forced fumble.
  • Was named to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro first-team for a second consecutive season in 2005 and was also named an AP All-Pro first-team choice in 2009.
  • Was named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009).
  • Freeney and Mathis combined for 21.0 sacks in 2010 marking the fifth time they combined for at least 20.0 sacks in a single season. The two also have 10.0-plus sacks in four different seasons, surpassing Reggie White and Clyde Simmons for the most seasons (four) of 10.0-plus sacks each by teammates in NFL history.
  • Is one of 13 different Colts players to participate in 100-plus wins.
  • Austin Collie stats:

  • Has competed in 41 career games (16 starts) and has totaled 172 receptions for 1,839 yards (10.7 avg.) and 16 touchdowns.
  • Was named to the PFW/PFWA and The Sporting News NFL All-Rookie teams in 2009.
  • Was the recipient of the Thomas W. Moses, Sr./Noble Max Award, given by Indianapolis media to a player who has overcome adversity in his career, or whose on-field accomplishments exceeded normal expectations.
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