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Jerrell Freeman | Linebacker | #50

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 236
College: Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Bears signed ILB Jerrell Freeman to a three-year, $12 million contract with $6 million guaranteed.
He can earn another $2 million via incentives. The Bears placed a major emphasis on upgrading at inside linebacker, landing both of the top free agent ILBs available with Danny Trevathan also joining Chicago on a four-year, $24.5 million deal. A career overachiever out of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Freeman spent three years in the CFL before being signed by the Colts in 2012, and immediately become one of Indy's best defensive players. Freeman and Trevathan were PFF's Nos. 2 (Freeman) and 6 (Trevathan) inside linebackers out of 60 qualifiers last season. Bears 2015 ILBs Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson, and Shea McClellin ranked 31st, 32nd, and 44th. Mar 12 - 2:42 PM

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Free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman will visit the Bears on Friday.

Freeman was getting nowhere in contract talks with Indy and now he'll head to Chicago for his first visit. Colts beat writer Chris Hagan said the Giants and Falcons are also "in the mix." The Bears didn't get much help from inside linebackers Shea McClellin and Christian Jones last year. Pairing Freeman with newly signed ILB Danny Trevathan would be a big upgrade.
Mar 11 - 9:57 AM

FOX 59 Indy's Chris Hagan reports talks between the Colts and free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman "are not going well."

Freeman is not expected to give the Colts a hometown discount, and Indy does not appear willing to move off their current offer. As it stands, it seems likely Freeman is playing elsewhere come September. The Chiefs were reportedly "poking around" Freeman earlier in the week, but they ended up re-signing Derrick Johnson. Freeman is Rotoworld's No. 1 available inside linebacker.
Mar 10 - 7:43 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Chiefs are "poking around" free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman.

According to Robinson, it doesn't sound like the Chiefs' talks with free agent ILB Derrick Johnson are going well, and they may be turning their attention to Freeman. Freeman is younger than Johnson, less injury-prone, and graded out as PFF's No. 2 inside linebacker last season. He'd be a nice get.
Mar 8 - 7:05 PM

Free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman isn't expected to give the Colts any "hometown discount."

"You gotta kinda do what’s best for you," Freeman said. "I've been playing for the league minimum for three years and ended up signing the [RFA] tender [last season], which was best for the team. Went ahead and signed it, and now I'm in free agency and guess I’ll have to do what’s best for me." Freeman, 30 in May, seems all but certain to chase the fattest pay check with this likely being his lone bite at the free-agency apple after spending his early years in the CFL.
Mar 2 - 9:18 AM's Kevin Bowen suggests free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman could be allowed to hit the open market.

Owner Jim Irsay has also said he "wants to get younger" on defense. 29-year-old Freeman might be viewed expendable with D’Qwell Jackson, Nate Irving, and Sio Moore under contract. Freeman should be seeking David Harris money (three years, $22M) after finishing as PFF’s No. 2 inside linebacker.
Jan 30 - 5:37 PM

Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 15.

He's back after missing Weeks 13 and 14. Freeman has been one of the NFL's best run-stopping inside linebackers this season. His return is a downgrade to the fantasy matchups for Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes, and Alfred Blue.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 01:51:00 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano described ILB Jerrell Freeman as "week to week" with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

It's a concern for Indy's run defense, which has largely sputtered even with Freeman in the lineup over the last two months. Among 3-4 inside linebackers, Pro Football Focus has awarded only Luke Kuechly a higher run-stopping grade than Freeman this season. The Colts face DeAngelo Williams this week.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman left Week 12 against the Bucs with hamstring injury.

He's out for the game. Nate Irving replaced Freeman in base sets.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman exited Week 4 against the Jaguars with a groin injury.

Freeman is questionable to return. Johs McNary will pick up Freeman's snaps.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Colts re-signed restricted free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman to a one-year, $2.356 million contract.

Freeman lost all leverage when no team signed him to an offer sheet by last Friday's deadline. The former CFL standout who led the Colts in tackles in both 2012 and 2013 returns to an inside linebacker corps that also includes D'Qwell Jackson and a rehabbing Nate Irving (knee surgery).
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Restricted free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman is skipping the Colts' voluntary workouts.

Freeman could sign a waiver to participate, but has elected not to do so. Per reporter Stephen Holder, his absence "appears connected to a desire for a new contract." Freeman stands to make $2.35 million under his one-year tender. He has until Friday to sign an offer sheet with another team.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 02:29:00 PM

Colts extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman.

The second-round tender is worth just over $2 million. Freeman has been a key contributor since leaving the CFL to sign with Indy in 2012, averaging 122 tackles while piling up nine sacks, three picks and eight forced fumbles.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 05:29:00 PM

Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman left Sunday's Week 7 game against the Bengals with a hip injury, but later returned.

Freeman, who had been battling a hamstring injury over the last few weeks, only missed a series or two. He was part of a defense that held Cincy to 27 total yards in the first half before leaving.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) is active for Week 6.

Freeman barely practiced this week, but is playing through a questionable tag after escaping without setbacks in his Week 5 return.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 08:03:00 PM

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