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Dwight Freeney | Defensive Lineman | #93

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 268
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (11) / IND
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The Denver Channel's Troy Renck "wouldn't be surprised" if the Broncos check in on free agent Dwight Freeney.
The Broncos are looking for an edge rusher with Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaq Barrett (hip, active/NFI) sidelined. There haven't been any updates on Freeney since early June, but he's made it clear he's open to playing this season. 37-year-old Freeney was productive as a situational pass rusher in Atlanta last season, posting three sacks and four TFLs on 416 snaps. Free agents Mario Williams, Trent Cole, and Paul Kruger are also veteran options. Jul 28 - 8:15 PM

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Free agent Dwight Freeney informed the Falcons he's ready to re-sign.

"He wants to play," said coach Dan Quinn. "I’d say he’s further along in the decision than he was last year." The Falcons could use another edge rusher with Takk McKinley (shoulder) and Adrian Clayborn (biceps) rehabbing injuries. Freeney is 37 years old, but he excelled as a situational pass rusher last season and was arguably Atlanta's best defender in the Super Bowl.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 9:15 PM

Free agent DE Dwight Freeney said he's been in communication with the Falcons and is "optimistic" he'll re-sign with them at some point.

It's possible the Falcons want a mentor for first-round edge rusher Takk McKinley. Freeney would be a perfect fit as someone who has played 15 seasons and knows coach Dan Quinn's defense. Even at 37, Freeney remained a highly productive pass rusher across 539 snaps for the Falcons last season.
Jun 2 - 8:36 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney plans to return for a 16th season in 2017.

Freeney said in January he wasn't yet considering retirement, but apparently had some second thoughts after the Falcons' Super Bowl loss. Freeney played 416 regular season snaps in 2016, notching only three sacks, but generating consistent pressure.
Feb 27 - 3:28 PM

Falcons DE Dwight Freeney will be playing with a calf injury in Super Bowl LI.

Freeney sat out Thursday's practice before returning to a limited session on Friday. He wasn't listed on the Falcons' final injury report and should play his usual snaps at right end. The Falcons don't really have a choice when it comes to starting Freeney after losing Adrian Clayborn to a season-ending biceps tear. Atlanta still has Vic Beasley, but if Freeney is slowed by his calf injury, the Falcons could have trouble putting pressure on Tom Brady.
Feb 5 - 8:57 AM

Falcons DE Dwight Freeney said Wednesday that he's not yet considering retirement.

"I don't even think about that until the year is over," he said. "It usually happens a month or two after the season. I sit there, feel this leg, feel this arm, feel this knee and see where I'm at mentally." 37 in February, Freeney managed three sacks as a situational pass rusher and four tackles for loss in Atlanta this season. Most importantly, he has helped mentor Vic Beasley.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 4 - 8:53 PM

Falcons DE Dwight Freeney will miss Thursday night's preseason game with a back strain.

The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is slightly concerning considering his age (36). Freeney is expected to be back at practice as early as Sunday.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Falcons signed DE Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract.

Signed in October, Freeney had a solid 2015 for the Cardinals, tallying eight sacks on just 264 snaps. The Falcons were dead last in quarterback takedowns last season, creating an embarrassing 19. Freeney will rotate in and out as a designated pass rusher.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 04:21:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano does not believe the Cowboys are interested in free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney.

With Demarcus Lawrence (four games) and Randy Gregory (indefinite) both suspended to start the season, the Cowboys seem to have a desperate need for pass rushers, but perhaps they do not agree. Graziano reports Dallas believes DC Rod Marinelli can get the most out of the guys they have on the roster, especially three-tech Tyrone Crawford (back). While Marinelli is one of the best around, it would not hurt to get him some reinforcements.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 07:40:00 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is still looking at free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney.

Freeney surprised with eight sacks in 11 games with the Cardinals last season, but the 36-year-old has not found much interest on the open market. He did visit with the Falcons in May, but Atlanta decided to pass. It is possible they will change their mind if they do not like what they see early in camp. The Bengals and Bucs have also been linked.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 10:47:00 AM

The Bucs could have interest in free agent Dwight Freeney.

Freeney had some of his best years playing in a Tampa-2 scheme. The Bucs don’t need a sub-package rusher after adding second-rounder Noah Spence, but could find him snaps. Freeney’s market has been quiet since post-draft visits with Atlanta and Cincy. The Cardinals haven’t ruled out bringing him back.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 04:15:00 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers believes the Cardinals re-signing free agent OLB Dwight Freeney is still a possibility.

Somers believes Arizona wants to see what they have in Alex Okafor, Shaquille Riddick, and the other youngsters before they commit to adding a veteran. Freeney visited the Falcons and Bengals over the last two weeks, but he has yet to land a deal. The 36-year-old wants to sign somewhere before camp.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 01:48:00 PM

The Falcons aren't expected to sign free agent Dwight Freeney.

Coach Dan Quinn wouldn't rule out a signing "down the line." 36-year-old Freeney also worked out for the Bengals last month. He should land with a team before training camp.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Free agent Dwight Freeney is expected to visit the Falcons next week.

Freeney, 36, is visiting the Bengals on Wednesday, but apparently plans to continue his tour. The Falcons had one of the weaker pass-rush units in 2015.
Wed, May 25, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Free agent Dwight Freeney is visiting and taking a physical for the Bengals on Wednesday.

Freeney turned 36 in February but showed last season he still has gas left in the tank as a situational edge rusher, recording eight sacks and the sixth-best pass-rush productivity score among 3-4 outside linebackers at Pro Football Focus, with 36 total pressures (sacks, hits, and hurries) on 208 opportunities.
Wed, May 25, 2016 08:39:00 AM

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