Freeney will not play in Thursday's game against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions claimed Freeney off waivers Wednesday after he was waived by the Seahawks, so it isn't too surprising to see that he'll be inactive for at least one week while he adjusts to being with his new team. Freeney is expected to be used as a depth option and situational pass rusher on the Lions' defensive line once he is officially made active.
The Lions claimed Freeney off waivers Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Freeney will be reunited in Detroit with head coach Jim Caldwell, who coached the defensive end in Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011. The 37-year-old, who was waived by the Seahawks on Tuesday after logging three sacks in four games, will provide Detroit with extra depth at end while Ezekiel Ansah (back) works his way back to form.
Freeney recorded a half-sack in his debut with the Seahawks on Sunday. The half-sack was Freeney's only recorded tackle on the day. The veteran was on the field for just 18 snaps (25.0 percent), which will presumably be his workload for the near future as eases his way into things with the team.
Freeney intends to sign with the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The former All-Pro defensive end is heading to Seattle after visiting with the team earlier in the day. Freeney spent last season with the Falcons, recording 10 tackles and three sacks in 15 games. The Seahawks were looking to add some firepower to their defensive line after Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury and was placed on injured reserve. Freeney, now 37, has a career total of 122.5 sacks, which puts him at 18th all time.
Freeney intends to continue playing going into the 2017 season, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports. Freeney, who is likely destined for the Hall of Fame once he retires, ended his 15th season with four sacks over the Falcons' final eight total games, including one in their Super Bowl collapse. That followed Freeney posting eight sacks during the 2015 regular season, proving he's still impactful in a situational pass-rushing role. Set to be a free agent at 37 years old, Freeney is clearly not an every-down option, but his pedigree off the edge should still garner interest on the open market.