FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons attempted to residence their determined pass-rush problem on Tuesday by identical to terms on a understanding with free-agent linebacker Dwight Freeney.
Freeney, 36, had 8 sacks in 11 games with Arizona in 2015 and was a pivotal further to a Cardinals invulnerability notwithstanding not signing until after a deteriorate has already begun. He’ll give a Falcons a determined pass-rush personality a group has lacked given John Abraham’s final deteriorate with Atlanta in 2012.
The Falcons were final in a joining with usually 19 sacks final season. They have ranked no aloft than 28th in sacks given 2012.
Freeney has used his spin pierce to accumulate 119 sacks, including 107 in 11 seasons with a Colts. He set a career high and led a NFL with 16 sacks for Indianapolis in 2004.
He is a three-time All-Pro preference and seven-time Pro Bowler.
The Falcons were Freeney’s choice over Cincinnati. He visited both teams in May.
He was particularly a pass-rush dilettante with Arizona final deteriorate and is approaching to play a identical purpose with Atlanta.
Freeney’s 47 forced fumbles arrange third in NFL history, according to STATS LLC. He led a Cardinals with 3 forced fumbles final season. Beasley’s dual forced fumbles led a Falcons.
Terms of a agreement were not immediately available. With a move, a Falcons reached a 90-player register limit.