Freeney, Indy's career sacks leader, turns 33 next week. His sacks totals declined for a third straight year in 2012, this time after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker.
Team owner Jim Irsay said in a statement that few players had more impact on the Colts' success than Freeney, who Irsay calls an "artist" and a "joy to watch."
Packers cut ties with DB Woodson
Charles Woodson is on the market.
The Green Bay Packers released the 36-year-old defensive back Friday with two years left on his contract.
The Packers clear about $10 million in cap space by releasing Woodson. Carl Poston, Woodson's agent, said the veteran wasn't done yet.
"The Packers told Charles they're going in a different direction," Poston said. "Charles told me he still wants to play for a Super Bowl contender."
Woodson missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two postseason games for the Packers in his seventh year with the franchise.
Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.
Woodson was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap.
Goodell made nearly $30M in 2011
Nice job, Roger Goodell. Here's your pay: $29.49 million.
NFL owners nearly tripled the commissioner's compensation in the 2011 tax year and likely made Goodell the best-paid commissioner in U.S. sports.
According to the league's most recent tax return, much of Goodell's pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. The NFL was scheduled to file the return Friday.
While the league declined comment on specifics, it must, by law, make the return available upon request.
In 2011, the NFL went through a long lockout prior to the season. Goodell helped work out the new 10-year labor deal that ended the labor strife. That was followed by lucrative new TV contracts with CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.
For the year beginning April 1, 2011, and ending March 31, 2012, Goodell was paid $29,490,000, which included $3,117,000 in base pay, $22,309,000 in bonus and incentive compensation, and most of the rest in "other reported compensation," the tax return said.
Goodell earned a total of $11.6 million in 2010.
By comparison, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the league's highest paid player with a five-year deal averaging $20 million.
Around the league
Vikings • Next season will be Minnesota's last in the 31-year-old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said the team plans to play outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while the team's new stadium gets built at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.
Rams • Titus Young's stay with the team was brief. The wide receiver was placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis. Young was banished three times by the Lions last year because of his behavior, including once for punching teammate Louis Delmas.
Eagles • Philadelphia isn't considering trading quarterback Nick Foles at all, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press.