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Freeney, Chargers deal “should be done today”

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Patience will end up paying off for Dwight Freeney.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a deal between Freeney and the Chargers is “almost done,” and it “should be done today.”

Though the veteran preferred to join a team with a 4-3 defense, he’ll be landing with a 3-4 team after more than two months on the market.  And the Chargers became interested for one very important reason — they recently lost linebacker Melvin Ingram for the season with a torn ACL.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported earlier today that the two sides are “closing in” on a deal.  Freeney visited the Chargers earlier this week.

New Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco knows a thing or two about Freeney.  Telesco worked for the Colts, who drafted Freeney in 2002, from 1998 through 2012.

For weeks, it was believed that Freeney would reunite with Peyton Manning in Denver, especially since Manning started lobbying Freeney to become a Bronco even before the fax snafu that resulted in the release of Elvis Dumervil.

But the Broncos and other teams apparently were waiting for Freeney’s price to drop; presumably, the Chargers opted to cough up the cash once Ingram was injured.

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6 Responses to “Freeney, Chargers deal “should be done today””
  1. johanvil says: May 18, 2013 11:44 AM

    Surprised that he picked a 3-4 team. He really struggled last year at Indy.

    Good luck to him though. He has been a great servant to the Colts.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: May 18, 2013 11:45 AM

    Good for Freeney, though I’m sure most of us agree he would stand a better chance at another ring in Denver. The Chargers consistently fall short of expectations.. like its their job.

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: May 18, 2013 11:45 AM

    Chargers to the sb anyone?

  4. bluefunk72 says: May 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    I heard the same thing about John Abraham and the Titans. I will believe it when I see it!

  5. Dave H says: May 18, 2013 12:09 PM

    He doesn’t fit Telesco’s plan of going young. But after losing Ingram for the season, he makes a lot of sense as a stop gap. He will rotate in with former 1st rounder Larry English, who remains an unknown after missing virtually 2 years with a chronic foot injury. They need some pass rushing help, and maybe Freeny in his second year as OLB (and healthy) will play better. Too bad Shaun Phillips is gone…

  6. bolted4life says: May 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    Bout time!

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