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Veteran DE Dwight Freeney To Return For 2017, Open To Returning To Falcons

Update:

Jim Trotter of ESPN spoke to Dwight Freeney, who said that he isn’t sure if he’s playing again, but he “most likely” will return for another season.

Freeney added that if the Falcons want him back, he’ll probably come return to Atlanta.

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Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that veteran DE Dwight Freeney has decided to return for the 2017 season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.

After the season, Freeney made it clear that he wanted to take some time and weigh his future, but it appears as though he’s ready to make another run at a Super Bowl title.

Freeney, 37, 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.

The Cardinals signed him to a one-year contract in 2015 and were rewarded with a productive year from the veteran pass rusher. He finished out his one-year deal with the Cardinals before signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Falcons last year.

In 2016, Freeney recorded 10 tackles and three sacks over the course of 15 games for the Falcons. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 49 edge rusher out of qualifying 109 players.