I know this has been talked about from many angles. I supported keeping him in the last offseason, but I thought it would be at a reduced contract. However, I think his veteran presence and style of no nonsense leadership by example was probably worth every penny that he was paid this season. However, this is a team that had some experience now, having had to dig deep into their roster and practice squad, so the grit and winning attitude has been installed.
Another thing I have been considering is the way he answers questions when approached by the media. He seems more aloof than he used to. Kind of like he doesn't need the whole rah rah thing because he always brings it anyway. Well, in truth he doesn't need it because he does always bring it. But that rah rah stuff as well as the motivational coaching that Pagano and Arians bring is exactly what this young team needed, even if Dwight didn't.
Now that the team has survived the maiden year of the switch towards a 3-4, and you couple that with the salary he can still (and will) command from a 4-3 team needing a pass rush, I believe this is his last game in the Luke wearing a Horseshoe upside his head.
If that is the case....thank you Dwight. You have exemplified class, hard work, and production through your entire career, including your incredibly challenging injury. You will always be a Colt in my mind and you will be in the Ring of Honor some day.