Freeman announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday in a post on his personal Twitter account.
Freeman, who was released by the Bears in February, spent six seasons in the NFL and produced 598 tackles, 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 70 career games. His relatively short tenure in the NFL was due to his late entrance into the league, as Freeman spent three years in the Canadian Football League after going undrafted out of Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2008.
The Bears released Freeman (concussion/pectoral) Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Freeman led the Bears in tackles in 2016 despite missing four games after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing-drugs policy, but the inside linebacker endured a nightmarish 2017 campaign both on and off the field. The 31-year-old was lost for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle and suffering a concussion in the opener and was later busted for a second PED violation in October, netting him a 10-game suspension that will carry over for the first two weeks of the 2018 season. Shortly after the suspension, Freeman acknowledged that he's suffering from memory loss and is uncertain if he plans to continue his career. With the Bears unsurprisingly parting ways with the veteran, his time in the NFL could be over.
Freeman's (concussion/pecotoral) completed his 10-game suspension and was officially reinstated Monday.
Freeman received the 10-game ban in late October for a repeat violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and was able to serve the suspension while he remained on injured reserve due to a season-ending torn pectoral muscle in addition to a concussion. Though Freeman is under contract with the Bears through 2018, there isn't any guaranteed money left on his deal. If the Bears elect to release Freeman this offseason, it's possible he has played his last NFL game, as the linebacker acknowledged shortly after the suspension was handed down that his career could be over following his latest head injury, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com.
Freeman (pectoral, concussion) has been suspended 10 games for a repeat violation of the NFL's policy on PEDs, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Already on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, Freeman won't get a paycheck for the final eight games of the season, and he'll then have to miss the first two games next year. This ends any chance he might've had to return from IR, and it could prompt the Bears to release him after the season.
The Bears placed Freeman (pectoral, concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Freeman was diagnosed with both the pectoral and head injury following the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Falcons, but it was likely the former issue that resulted in his placement on IR. The loss of one of their defensive captains will be a difficult one for the Bears to overcome, as Nick Kwiatkoski, who mostly played on special teams in Week 1, is now in line to enter the starting lineup in place of Freeman, who racked up 110 tackles in 2016. The Bears also signed Jonathan Anderson on Tuesday to offer additional depth at linebacker.
Freeman (concussion) also suffered a pectoral injury during Sunday's loss to Atlanta, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Freeman played 56 of 59 defensive snaps and finished with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), but he came out of the game with both a concussion and a pec injury. An absence could thrust Danny Trevathan into an every-down role, with Nick Kwiatkoski or Christian Jones replacing Freeman in the base defense.
Freeman entered the league's concussion protocol following Sunday's game, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Freeman didn't meet with the media following the loss, so there is little public information known, other than that he's in concussion protocol. We should get a clearer idea of how long he'll be sidelined in the coming days.
Freeman tallied 10 tackles in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Vikings, and he finished the year with 110 tackles in 12 games played.
In a season in which he lost four games to his suspension, Freeman finished the season strong by posting at least nine tackles in each of his last four games. He'll enter the second year of a four-year contract with the Bears in 2017, and he should continue to produce excellent tackle numbers, making him an elite IDP option at inside linebacker.
Freeman recorded nine tackles in Saturday's 41-21 loss to Washington.
In his return from a four-game suspension, Freeman recorded at least nine tackles for the fourth time in his last five games, and he'll continue to be a strong IDP option in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Freeman was activated from the exempt list Friday.
Freeman had been on the exempt list while he was serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's PED policy. The Bears waited a week to activate Freeman so that he could practice with the team and get back into the swing of things. He'll be active and expected to play in Saturday's game against Washington.
Freeman returned from his four-game suspension Monday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Freeman was suspended for a violation of the NFL's PED policy following Week 11. At the time, Freeman was among the top tacklers in the league, and his return will boost a Bears run defense that got gashed for 226 ground yards by the usually-ineffective Packers in Week 15.
Freeman has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Freeman's ban comes down one week after Alshon Jeffery was cited for the same reason. Among the top 5 in the NFL with 91 tackles, Freeman has reached double-digit stops in four of 10 games this season, while adding three passes defended and one forced fumble. With Freeman sidelined, Nick Kwiatkoski will likely fill in for the five-year veteran at inside linebacker.
Freeman recorded 10 tackles Sunday against the Giants.
The Giants were playing with the lead for most of the second half and, as a result, they ran the ball frequently, allowing Freeman to have a productive afternoon. Although he's been inconsistent this season, he's piled up 39 tackles over his last four contests, and he hasn't had fewer than seven in any of those games, and he's back to being a strong weekly IDP option.
Freeman recorded nine tackles Sunday against the Buccaneers.
With the Buccaneers running the ball frequently in the second half of a blowout victory, Freeman was able to record his highest tackle total since Week 3. He's now posted three games with at least nine tackles, but his lack of weekly consistency makes him a fairly weak fantasy option.
Freeman recorded 13 tackles Thursday against the Packers.
With the Packers running a ton of plays, Freeman took advantage of his opportunities and recorded his first solid fantasy game in four weeks. Although his excellent ability to pile up tackles gives him great weekly upside, he's had too many mediocre games to be worth a spot in most IDP leagues.
Freeman (wrist) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Packers, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Freeman was limited in practice throughout the week but he isn't expected to be held back at all on Thursday. He and Danny Trevathan will start at inside linebacker once again.
Freeman (wrist) is considered questionable to play Thursday versus the Packers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Freeman's wrist issue has kept him limited throughout the week in practice, but the inside linebacker may be able to play through the pain in the Bears divisional matchup Thursday.Nick Kwiatkoski and Christian Jones would likely see additional reps at inside linebacker if Freeman is held out.
Freeman recorded five tackles Sunday against the Jaguars.
Freeman had a very poor fantasy day as the Jaguars ran the football just 20 times, limiting his opportunities to pile up many tackles. He now has posted seven or fewer tackles in three of his last four contests, and he's likely a player who could be safely dropped in standard IDP leagues, since the one category he typically excels at is not a strength at this time.
Freeman is listed as active for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars.
Freeman has been a steady force for the Bears' defense in terms of making tackles so far throughout the season, and he'll look to keep that going Week 6.
Freeman recorded seven tackles Sunday against the Colts.
With the Colts running the ball just 21 times, there just weren't that many opportunities for him to pile up big tackle numbers. After a solid start to the season, Freeman now has failed to record more than seven tackles in three of his last four contests.