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Veteran DE/OLB Dwight Freeney Not An Option For Redskins, Despite Losing Junior Galette For Season

John Keim of ESPN reports that free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney won’t be an option for the Redskins, despite the fact that they lost Junior Galette for the season to another Achilles tear.

Freeney is one of the best available pass rushers right now, and is coming off of a productive season for the Cardinals. It seemed like Freeney could be someone worth considering, but Washington appears to have other plans.

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.