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Dwight Freeney | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 268
College: Syracuse
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Free agent OLB Dwight Freeney is suing Bank of America for $20 million.
Freeney blames the bank's wealth management division for swindling him out of his money, forcing him to close an upstart Hollywood restaurant. Freeney alleges the scheme began in 2010. As for Freeney's football future, he's drawn zero-known interest since the Chargers informed him he won't be re-signed. Apr 1 - 8:57 AM

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The Chargers informed free agent OLB Dwight Freeney they won't re-sign him.

Freeney, 35, actually had a fairly-productive 2014, finishing with 53 combined pressures on 372 snaps. He can probably still help a team as a sub-package rusher. Freeney has already said that he's not yet contemplating retirement.
Mar 11 - 3:50 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney said he will not retire yet.

Freeney, a 13-year NFL veteran who is 35, had 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles in 16 games for the Chargers last season. He did lead the team in hurries with 40. Freeney will be looking for nibbles on the open market as a situational rusher.
Mar 2 - 11:21 AM

The Chargers will use 34-year-old OLB Dwight Freeney in a "situational role" this season.

Jarret Johnson figures to "start" on early downs, with Freeney replacing him in pass-rush situations. Melvin Ingram should be an every-down player. Freeney is coming off a torn quad suffered last September. He managed 0.5 sacks across four 2013 games, but pressured QBs at a better clip than that stat suggests.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 12:25:00 AM

Chargers OLB Dwight Freeney agreed to reduce his 2014 salary from $3.5 million to $2.5 million.

The move saves the Chargers just under $1 million against the 2014 salary cap. Freeney only played four games with the Chargers in 2013 after suffering a torn quad late in September. Freeney did not light up the box score before going down, but was generating consistent pressure for the Bolts. With Melvin Ingram healthy again, the arrow on San Diego's defense is pointing skyward.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Charges placed OLB Dwight Freeney on injured reserve with a torn quadriceps, ending his season.

He's undergoing surgery. Freeney signed a two-year, $8.75 million deal in May, but it's quite possible his Bolts career is over after only four games, as he's due no guaranteed money in 2014. Freeney wasn't making a huge box-score impact before going down, but had graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 3-4 outside linebacker. He was generating consistent pressure despite notching only 0.5 sacks. Larry English is sliding into the starting lineup opposite Jarret Johnson.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 06:11:00 PM

A source tells NFL Network that OLB Dwight Freeney sustained a torn quadriceps muscle in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

The Chargers are still trying to determine whether Freeney will land on injured reserve. Regardless, it's another big blow to the Chargers pass rush. Through the first three games, Freeney racked up 13 quarterback hurries, three quarterback hits and a half-sack while playing on 72.3 percent of the snaps. He was playing because Melvin Ingram blew out his knee during OTAs. Former first-round pick Larry English is going to have to step up opposite Jarret Johnson.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Chargers OLB Dwight Freeney was forced from Sunday's game with a quad injury, and will not return.

Freeney remained down for several minutes after getting rolled up in the second quarter. He eventually limped to the sideline, but headed straight for the locker room. Freeney has just 0.5 sacks through four games.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 06:49:00 PM

Chargers DC John Pagano made it clear OLB Dwight Freeney will be an every-down defender as opposed to a pass-rush specialist.

Freeney is 33 years old, but the Chargers need him to play every snap because they have zero depth in the edge-rusher department after losing Melvin Ingram. "He's going to be an every-down guy for us," Pagano said. "Need him on first, second, third down. He's going to play all downs." It's very hard to imagine Freeney sustaining effectiveness on this kind of workload. San Diego's defense is going to struggle to defend the pass this season.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Dwight Freeney reported to Chargers OTAs Wednesday.

Freeney waited 18 days to report after signing his two-year, $8.75 million contract. Freeney has missed just five games over the past five seasons, and even going into his age-33 campaign, he should be in tip-top shape for Week 1.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 01:26:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Mike Freeman, various "agents, players and union officials" believe the league's 32 teams colluded to deflate the free-agent market.

Dwight Freeney is one player who believes collusion took place. "I basically think the owners got together and decided not to spend the cash on free agents," Freeney told CBS. "I think the owners made a pact. There's only 32 of them and none of them broke ranks. I think they all decided not to spend money." A "prominent" agent agrees. "I've been in this business for several decades and there was never an offseason like this. Never." There's been widespread suspicion — and anecdotal evidence — of collusion this offseason, but no hard proof. It's an extremely serious charge, but one that ultimately appears unlikely to stick.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, May 31, 2013 08:25:00 AM

New Chargers pass-rusher Dwight Freeney expects to see snaps at both outside linebacker and defensive end.

"They'll run both (the 3-4 and 4-3)," Freeney said of the Chargers, who operate out of a 3-4 base. "They're willing to feature me and free me up to make plays. And they're going to put me in good matchups in the 3-4." Freeney's play slipped as a stand-up outside linebacker in Indianapolis last season, but the Chargers didn't sign him to put him in position to fail. He should get opportunities to put his hand in the dirt.
Mon, May 20, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Chargers agreed to terms with DE/OLB Dwight Freeney, formerly of the Colts, on a two-year contract.

33-year-old Freeney recorded 12 tackles and five sacks in the Colts' 3-4 defense last season, but it wasn't a particularly strong fit for his skill set. He was expected to eye a return back to the 4-3, but money talks and the Chargers had a huge need for a pass rusher after losing Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL. Freeney should see significant snaps opposite Jarret Johnson, and the Chargers have already stated that they could tinker their defense to better suit the veteran. Freeney will not lack scheme familiarity. He played in Chuck Pagano's defense in 2012, and Chuck's brother John is the Chargers' defensive coordinator.
Sat, May 18, 2013 11:27:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Chargers are closing in on a deal with free agent Dwight Freeney.

Freeney, 33, met with the Chargers on Wednesday and Thursday before skipping town without a deal. His fit in the 3-4 defense is questionable, but the Chargers are desperate for pass-rush help after losing OLB Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL. Pro Football Focus credited Freeney with 34 hurries last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, May 18, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Free agent Dwight Freeney's dad says he wants to play for the Giants, but can't because they're "broke."

The Giants are up against the salary cap, but are far from "broke." It's just another indication that Freeney's asking price is out of whack. He'd fit the Giants' scheme, but the G-Men don't have a compelling need up front. Freeney left his Chargers visit without a contract, but the sides could still be talking. He doesn't have any other visits lined up.
Fri, May 17, 2013 09:41:00 AM

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