Chargers sign Dwight Freeney to two-year contract
San Diego fortified its pass rush Saturday by signing defensive end Dwight Freeney to a two-year contract, the Chargers announced.
Early Saturday morning, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported the Chargers were closing in on a deal with defensive end Dwight Freeney. That deal is now done, as the Chargers announced the signing of Freeney on Saturday afternoon.
According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the deal is worth $8.75 million over two years.
The deal is also apparently incentive-laden, and could be worth north of $13 million depending how many sacks Freeney's able to achieve in his two years with the Chargers.
Pass rush was an issue for San Diego anyway, but it became a major priority when second-year player Melvin Ingram suffered a torn ACL during offseason training activities earlier this week.
Freeney isn't an ideal fit in the 3-4 defense the Chargers will run, but he'll be fine. He played outside linebacker for the Colts under Chuck Pagano's new scheme last year and transitioned well. Additionally, the Chargers, like most NFL teams, won't be a straight 3-4 team and will use multiple fronts and hybrid fronts, probably with some design on maximizing Freeney's efficiency.
The market for veteran pass rushers hasn't been great this offseason. Osi Umenyiora took a similar deal to sign with the Falcons, John Abraham remains unsigned and even Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril landed with the Seahawks for relatively paltry sums.
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