Veteran DE Freeney still available

Defensive end Dwight Freeney remains one of the biggest names left on the free-agent market, and after visiting New England in March, buzz around the seven-time Pro Bowler has persisted.

Freeney's father, Hugh, was a guest on Adam Schein's program on Sirius XM Radio on Thursday, and addressed the Patriots as a potential landing spot for the former Indianapolis Colts pass-rusher.

"I would love for him to play for the Patriots," Freeney's father told Schein. "But his mom is really, really against that city. The verbal abuse when she went to the game... they treated her badly. She didn't want to go back."

Hugh Freeney said that his son would "love to play" for the New York Giants, but that the Giants cannot match Freeney's financial demands.

The 33-year-old Freeney, who tallied five sacks and a career-low 12 tackles last season while transitioning to the Colts' 3-4 defense, visited the San Diego Chargers this week. The Chargers are in need of a pass-rusher after linebacker Melvin Ingram recently suffered a torn ACL.

"He's out there now," Hugh Freeney said. "But they don't play the kind of defense he needs to be on. ... He'll let us know. It's all about money now."

While it's unclear if the Patriots are still pursuing Freeney, his father would approve of his son signing with New England.

"For business purposes, I think it would be a great choice," he said.