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Falcons Still Looking At Free Agent DE Dwight Freeney

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff mentioned Tuesday that they are still looking at free agent DE Dwight Freeney, per Vaughn McClure.

  • Falcons HC Dan Quinn added he has been in contact with free agent OLB O’Brien Schofield and said he likes the shape Schofield is in. However, Quinn isn’t sure about re-signing Schofield just yet. (Vaughn McClure)

Freeney is one of the best available pass rushers right now, and is coming off of a productive season for the Cardinals, so it’s not surprising that he’s been a popular name connected to a number of teams in recent weeks.

Freeman recently told Mike Freeman of B/R that he’s “95 percent” certain he’ll be playing for a team in 2016.

I’m going to play again next year,” Freeney said. “It’s 95 percent. But I can’t see that 5 percent happening.”

According to Freeney, the “writing was on the wall” when the Cardinals traded for Chandler Jones back in March.

Freeman still thinks he could end up back with the Cardinals, but if not he mentioned the Saints, Patriots and Texans as three teams who could make sense.

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.