Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports that Falcons are not signing DE Dwight Freeney to a contract on Wednesday following his visit with the team.
However, Falcons HC Dan Quinn said that they aren’t ruling out signing Freeney at a later time.
This is Freeney’s second visit with an NFL team in as many weeks after he met with the Bengals last week. Neither team has signed him to a contract, but it appears as though he could be a strong consideration for them, depending on how things go with their other players in offseason workouts.
Both the Bengals and Falcons could offer Freeney the ability to move back to defensive end, rather than playing outside linebacker as he has for the past few years.
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.
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.