Freeny was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The move forces the Saints to cut defensive back Sterling Moore. Freeny's signing likely has to do with linebacker A.J. Klein's (groin) doubtful status for Sunday's inter-conference matchup with the Jets. Freeny did not see much of the field in his previous stop with the Patriots -- recording only two tackles in four games -- but he could be thrust into action right away for New Orleans with Klein injured and linebackers Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Nathan Stupar (knee) on injured reserve.
The Patriots released Freeny on Wednesday, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports. Freeny re-signed with the team last week to provide depth at linebacker, but was always going to have difficulty earning a long-term stay with New England. He'll lose his roster spot after the team signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois in a corresponding move.
The Patriots and Freeny agreed to a contract Wednesday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports. Freeny, who previously appeared in 18 regular-season contests with the Patriots over the past two seasons before being released in September, will offer the team some experienced depth at outside linebacker, an area of need with Kyle Van Noy (calf) and Trevor Reilly (concussion) uncertain to play Sunday against the Dophins. With the Patriots needing to clear a roster spot next week once tight end Rob Gronkowski completes a one-game suspension, Freeny could be sent back to the free-agent pool in the near future.
Freeny signed a contract with the Ravens on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Freeny, who spent parts of the past two seasons with the Patriots, provides the Ravens with extra depth on the defensive line in the wake of Brent Urban's (foot) placement on injured reserve.
Freeny (shoulder) has been a full participant in offseason practices, Rich Garven of The Providence Journal reports. Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth gig at linebacker.