Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 3/9/12

After handing Robert Mathis a four-year, $36 million extension, the Colts apparently feel as if there’s not enough room for two highly-paid, yet aging defensive ends.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts are “fielding telephone calls” from teams potentially interested in trading for Dwight Freeney.

It’s surprising on the surface to see Indy gutting the entire team, though Freeney has suddenly become expendable.

Not only does he carry a 2012 cap number of $19.035 million — a staggering amount — but he’s also said to be against playing outside linebacker in new coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 scheme.

Defensive end is all Freeney has known in his career, and his stats — 102.5 career sacks, seven Pro Bowl selections — emphasize how the position fits him like a glove.

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