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Dwight Freeney | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 268
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (11) / IND
Contract: view contract details

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New Lions DE Dwight Freeney will not play Thursday against the Vikings.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the veteran had a chance to suit up, but it always seemed unlikely considering he was just claimed off waivers on Wednesday. In better news for Detroit, Ezekiel Ansah is expected to return following a two-game absence with a back injury. Nov 23 - 9:03 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lions DE Dwight Freeney has not been ruled out for Thanksgiving against the Vikings.

Just claimed off waivers Wednesday, it seems highly unlikely Freeney will be ready to suit up after not even a single walk-through with his new team, but perhaps he can get in some snaps in obvious passing situations. The Lions are expected to get back Ezekiel Ansah (back) from injury on Thursday.
Nov 23 - 8:49 AM

Lions claimed DE Dwight Freeney off waivers from the Seahawks.

Freeney will be reunited with Jim Caldwell, who coached him throughout his tenure in Indianapolis. The 37-year-old logged three sacks in four games for the Seahawks before being waived on Tuesday. Freeney is understandably past his prime but can still be a helpful pass-rusher for the Lions down the stretch. He also provides some insurance for Ziggy Ansah, who has battled injuries the past several weeks.
Nov 22 - 4:20 PM

Seahawks waived DE Dwight Freeney.

Signed in late October, the 16-year veteran lasted four games in Seattle. Freeney tallied three sacks as a situational pass rusher, so it's a bit surprising he's being cut loose. 2017 is the longtime Colt's age-37 season. It's possible he gets a look elsewhere. Despite being a vested veteran, Freeney must go through waivers since it's after the trade deadline.
Nov 21 - 5:27 PM

Seahawks signed DE Dwight Freeney, formerly of the Falcons.

Even at age 37, Freeney has stayed in shape and played well enough as a rotational pass rusher down the stretch in Atlanta last year that he should help smooth over Seattle's loss of DE Cliff Avril to a career-threatening injury. The Seahawks have fixed their run defense in recent games and were already playing elite pass defense. They'll host on-fire rookie Deshaun Watson this week.
Oct 24 - 10:37 PM

Free agent DE Dwight Freeney is visiting the Seahawks.

With Cliff Avril out for the season and Michael Bennett dealing with a foot injury, the Seahawks could use some rotational depth at pass rusher. Now 37, Freeney was still productive on limited snaps with the Falcons in 2016.
Oct 23 - 9:16 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn suggested free agent DE Dwight Freeney could be an option for the team.

Freeney managed three sacks on limited snaps last season in Atlanta, and they could use some help with Vic Beasley set to miss a month with a torn hamstring. Quinn said Freeney is on their radar, and they still talk to him "on a regular basis." If Freeney decides to play -- Quinn said he "certainly wants to" -- it sounds like the Falcons will be interested.
Sep 19 - 9:54 AM

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

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.
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.
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

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