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Talks between Freeney, Broncos stall

Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney

Indianapolis Colts defensive ends Dwight Freeney, left, and Robert Mathis celebrate a sack during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Once the Colts decided not to pursue a new contract with 3-4 linebacker Dwight Freeney, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning moved quickly to recruit his former teammate in Indy.

Since then, he Broncos and Freeney have moved with somewhat less urgency.

More than 11 days after the Broncos cut defensive end Elvis Dumveril and more than two days after Dumervil picked Baltimore over Denver, efforts by the Broncos to bag Freeney have stalled.

Reporting from Denver on NFL Network’s Total Access, Michelle Beisner explained that the deal isn’t dead, but that talks are moving at a slower pace Per Beisner, Freeney wants $6 million per year, and he’s willing to wait for it.

Given the current market for pass rushers, he could be waiting a while. Dumervil’s base deal with the Ravens pays out $5.2 million per year.

If Freeney is Plan B, Plan C apparently isn’t John Abraham. Per Beisner, Denver’s interest in the former Falcon have cooled considerably.