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Cardinals Taking A “Wait-And-See” Approach To Possibly Re-Signing Dwight Freeney

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to possibly re-signing veteran OLB Dwight Freeney.

Somers mentions that the Cardinals would like to see what they have in their younger edge-rushers before they seriously consider bringing Freeney back into the fold.

As of now, the Cardinals have several pass rushers on their roster including: Chandler JonesAlex Okafor, Tristan Okpalaugo, Zack Wagenmann, Markus Golden, Shaq Riddick, Kareem Martin and Alani Fua.

One other issue is likely the amount of money it would take to sign Freeney, as Arizona has $4,765,245 in available cap space as of Friday.

All things considered, Somers believes no definitive answers regarding Freeney re-signing with Cardinals will come before training camp.

In a recent interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Freeney said he would love to re-sign with the Cardinals and is hoping they extend him an offer at some point. This came after Freeney recently visited with the Bengals and Falcons.

Freeney added that there’s a 95 percent chance he plays in 2016.

Freeney, 36, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2002. After spending 11 years in Indianapolis, Freeney signed on with the Chargers as a free agent and spent two seasons in San Diego.

Last year, the Cardinals signed him to a one-year contract and were rewarded with a productive year from the veteran pass rusher.

In 2015, Freeney recorded nine tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles over the course of 11 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 51 edge rusher out of qualifying 110 players.

We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.