The Arizona Cardinals officially announced the signing of veteran OLB Dwight Freeney on Tuesday.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 13, 2015
- Adam Schefter reports that Cardinals signed Freeney to a one-year, $870,000 contract, which is the veterans minimum. However, the deal includes sack incentives.
- Getlin adds that Freeney still has “plenty of gas in the tank.”
- According to Getlin, Freeney is expected to be used in a designated pass-rush role for the Cardinals
While there hasn’t been a lot of buzz regarding Freeney in recent days, the Cardinals sustained injuries to linebackers Alex Okafor (right knee) and Kenny Demens (left knee), so they could use some depth moving forward.
A few months ago, Freeney mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he was still hoping to play in 2015, but added “its gotta be the right situation.”
Freeney, 35, signed on with the Chargers after the Colts release back in 2013. He unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury during his first year, but rebounded in 2014 and appeared in all 16 games.
However, his production was really limited, as he recorded just 11 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 23 outside linebacker out of 46 qualifying players.