Freeney is more valuable than Samuel, but the Colts may find it difficult to get anything more more than a mid-to-late round pick for him. The issue remains Freeney's contract. He is due more than $14 million in 2012, the final year of his contract.
Unlike Samuel, we suspect Freeney is not willing to take a dramatic pay cut unless he received some serious long-term money. The Colts are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It's difficult to imagine Freeney having a future with the team beyond 2012. Its not worth it for a rebuilding team to pay him that much money, but the organization would take a major public relations hit if they dealt one of the best players in franchise history for a third-day draft pick.