Dwight Freeney is back.
Freeney will get a one-year contract for the minimum ($870,000) with sack incentives, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added, per a source involved in the deal.
The 35-year-old end and outside linebacker became a priority signing for Arizona after the Cardinals saw starting outside linebacker Alex Okafor (right calf) and backup linebacker Kenny Demens (left knee) go down in Sunday’s 42-17 win over the Lions. Getlin reported Okafor could miss up to six weeks.
Waiting for the phone to ring in 2015, Freeney spent the past two years with the Chargers after piling up 107.5 sacks during 11 productive seasons with the Colts. The seven-time Pro Bowler was a factor last season with the Bolts, adding 40 quarterback hurries to his resume.
Freeney told Sirius XM NFL Radio in July that he was wanted to play this season, but planned to wait for the “right situation,” one that would use him as an “attacking” pass rusher. He hasn’t posted double-digit sacks since 2010 and lacks the speed he once brought to the field, but Freeney makes sense for Arizona as a situational quarterback chaser with a well of experience.
We trust coach Bruce Arians and the Cardinals to milk the most out of any player they bring to town. Now with one of the top teams in the NFL, Freeney goes from his couch to the field, with a legitimate shot to travel deep into the playoffs one more time.