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Dwight Freeney | Linebacker | #54

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 268
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (11) / IND
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim said his top offseason priority will be to "create a pass rush."
The Cardinals pass rush was paced by 35-year-old Dwight Freeney, who recorded eight sacks in 11 games after being signed in October. No other Cardinal had more than five sacks, and Arizona finished 20th in the league in takedowns. Freeney is a free agent and not likely to recreate his 2015 success even if he is brought back. 2015 second-round pick Markus Golden was disruptive despite landing just four sacks and should only get better, but the Cardinals need more talent on the edge. It would not be surprising if they used another high draft pick on an edge rusher this year. Jan 25 - 11:17 AM

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Cardinals OLB Dwight Freeney has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16.

The Cardinals harassed Aaron Rodgers this past Sunday, racking up nine sacks in total. Freeney was responsible for three of them and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Since signing back in Week 6, Freeney has seven sacks and earned $300K in bonus money this past Sunday. The soon-to-be 36-year-old still has plenty of juice as a sub-package pass rusher.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 10:30:00 AM

New Cardinals OLB Dwight Freeney is expected to play 15-20 snaps Week 6 against the Steelers.

Freeney was just added to the team on Monday, but coach Bruce Arians does not want to waste any time getting him involved. "He rushes the passer," Arians said "I don’t think you have to teach him that." Freeney should see most his work in sub packages. The veteran had 3.5 sacks in 16 games with the Chargers last season.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 01:15:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Dwight Freeney's one-year deal includes a $1 million sack incentive.

Freeney can earn a $200,000 bonus if he records four sacks, and he will earn $100,000 for each sack after that up to 12. Freeney managed just 3.5 sacks in 16 games for the Chargers last season.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 09:05:00 AM

Cardinals signed OLB Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract.

Freeney is a name-brand flier for a team that's quietly sported one of the league's least-impressive pass rushes. Now 35, Freeney was reasonably effective (hurries, etc.) for the Chargers last season, but managed only 3.5 sacks on 590 snaps. He'll be a rotational player for Bruce Arians' defense.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney hopes to play in 2015.

Freeney told Sirius Radio he is waiting for the "right situation." We can envision the 35-year-old latching on with a team toward the end of training camp. Freeney says he wants to be utilized as an "attacking/pursuit" player. PFF gave Freeney solid grades in 2014. He could probably help as a nickel rusher.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 08:47:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 08:57:00 AM

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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 03:50:00 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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 11:21:00 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.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 01:37:00 PM