Dwight Freeney eager to sack Peyton Manning


Dwight Freeney and Peyton Manning nearly were teammates again in Denver. As Freeney noted Wednesday, Manning helped recruit the pass rusher to visit the Broncos before Freeney eventually landed with the San Diego Chargers.

Freeney would have enjoyed joining forces with Manning again, but it sounds like he'll enjoy facing the QB twice a year even more.

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"Playing with Peyton for 10 years, him sitting back in practice, he has that 5-yard halo, you can't get within 5 yards of Peyton or they're screaming at you, saying, 'Oh, get away from our quarterback,' " Freeney told the Chargers' official website Wednesday. "So it's finally going to be a great opportunity for me coming up soon to put some hits on him. Might talk a little bit, too."

Dwight Freeney sacking Peyton Manning in a Chargers-Broncos game is a strange scenario to write, much less imagine. But that's life in the NFL. Even probable Hall of Famers usually end their careers with new teams, looking forward to destroying the teammate with whom they climbed the mountaintop.

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