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Two years, $8.75 million for Freeney

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Recent reports indicated that Dwight Freeney was willing to take the same base deal signed by Osi Umenyiora in Atlanta:  Two years, $8.5 million.

Freeney ended up doing a little better.  If $250,000 counts as “a little.”

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Freeney’s two-year contract with the Chargers carries a base value of $8.75 million.

The deal pays $5.25 million in 2013, via a $3.25 million signing bonus, $1.5 million in guaranteed base salary, and a $500,000 roster bonus tied to Freeney’s presence on the weekly 46-man roster.  (It works out to $31,250 per game.)

Freeney is due to earn $3.5 million in 2014, $500,000 of which is linked to weekly roster bonuses.

The contract carries a maximum value of $13.35 million, with $4.6 million tied exclusively to sacks.  Though the targets aren’t currently known, we’re told that the numbers are realistic, based on his past production.

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34 Responses to “Two years, $8.75 million for Freeney”
  1. purpwalk says: May 18, 2013 12:33 PM

    good money for a player on the downside of his career

  2. cardsfann1 says: May 18, 2013 12:45 PM

    Good for him and should be a good fit. Never heard or read anything bad about him. Can’t say that a lot these days…

  3. miguelromerorhpat says: May 18, 2013 12:46 PM

    Wow,grest history between freeney and the chargers back in the days,now he s just part of the chargers,thats great..

  4. thesteelers says: May 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    They’ll be lucky to get 4 sacks out of him.

  5. picksix19 says: May 18, 2013 12:51 PM

    Welcome to Dago Dwight, get it done buddy

  6. beauregard says: May 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of money for an older guy who will be playing out of his normal position. Freeney has talent so he may make it work.

  7. humb0lt says: May 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    McCoy/Pagano will design a defensive scheme(s) to take max advantage of Freeney’s special brand of talent. Looking forward to his first take-down of Peyton, harassing No. 18 all game long twice, maybe thrice (playoffs) a season.

    The San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express is gaining momentum.

  8. seatownballers says: May 18, 2013 1:13 PM

    Win-win for team and player

  9. milehigh53 says: May 18, 2013 1:14 PM

    I don’t get these players that get out of the defense that fits them for money. He’ll be a 3-4 OLB where he just doesn’t work well at. Glenn Dorsey did the same thing with signing with the 49ers. He’s a 4-3 3 tech DT. He’s not a 3-4 DE or NT. Being a Broncos fan, I wish nothing but the worst for Freeny.

  10. dolphinsfan69 says: May 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    I think Dwight Freeney is a good signing for the Chargers! I was hoping that the Dolphins would of signed him and they had interest in him until they drafted Dion Jordan.. But he will add leadership to the Chargers plus he’s been a champion and he’s still a good player.. Manti Te’o should really benefit from being around Freeney!

  11. gbatap says: May 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    San Diego still has a football team?

  12. lance19 says: May 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    We CAN blame this on Norv and/or AJ, somehow, some way, right?

  13. bobzilla1001 says: May 18, 2013 1:41 PM

    Some franchises are simply destined to be mediocre.

  14. kash71 says: May 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    Overpaid but what else would expect after Ingram went down.

  15. malvaren18 says: May 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Good for Freeney

  16. chargerdillon says: May 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    This move wasnt done out of design it was done out of desperation. Lets just hope he lasts longer than Bob Sanders did which I do believe was like 2 games.

  17. sfniners4life says: May 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    If I was a older free agents hanging onto those few years and I have a ring I would cash in first chance I saw. Anywhere else would have been 1 year deal and low money.

  18. 16x8equal49ers says: May 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    Good player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he only plays 1yr due to being cut for being pretty much a nonfactor in the defensive schemes he’ll play in. I don’t think he’ll start.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: May 18, 2013 2:52 PM

    he will get them 2-3 sacks and like 3 tackles, teams will run on his side, he spins himself out of running plays

  20. packmangamble says: May 18, 2013 3:09 PM

    What a gift for Dwight! No wonder why teams like San Diego will never make it in the NFL. Wasting money on over the hill players instead of trying to find young talent.

  21. sagatti says: May 18, 2013 3:17 PM

    Same money he could have gotten in Denver and he could have been in a 4-3 as well as he’d have a much better chance at ring… Greed got him NO WHERE..

  22. 11thstreetmafia says: May 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    Unbelievably overrated player. He can only pass rush, that’s it. He can barely do that anymore. Better players will play ahead of him before mid season.

  23. stankytoes12 says: May 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    I like dwight freeney… But did the chargers really just pay 8+ mil to a 33 year old players who’s been a 4-3 DE his entire career to play in their 3-4 defense? Yikes, desperate much?

  24. navyeoddavee9 says: May 18, 2013 4:32 PM

    They should have kept Shaun Phillips, Broncos only paid him a million. Freeney not a good 3-4 fit for that kind of money

  25. afcdomination says: May 18, 2013 7:40 PM

    NFL N Reports SD “Got Their Man”. Really? can we for once be honest about what this is? a REALLY good 4-3 DE, one of the best in colts history, who proved he cannot play at that same level in the 3-4 at OLB, is also 33, and that this is a desperation move?

    How smart do the broncos look right now? S.Phillips for 1/3 the cost? wow. and Im no Denver fan-

  26. jagsfanugh says: May 18, 2013 7:46 PM

    Vacation time in beautiful San Diego. WTG Dwight!

  27. censoredagain says: May 18, 2013 8:02 PM

    What a waste to go to that toilet of an organization with a fanbase who has “better things to do” than to go to games. Just ask Eli, the 2x Super Bowl winning, 2x Super Bowl MVP. He refused to play there, and it appears as though he nailed it in his decision.

  28. chargersdiehard says: May 18, 2013 8:35 PM

    The Bolts brass didn’t have many other options at this point. Along with Freeney’s skill they paid for leadership and the ability to help develop younger players on the team. Freeney has had a much better career than Shawn Phillips lets be honest this is a pretty significant upgrade. Freeney has over 110 sacks in 11 seasons and Phillips 70 Chargers are rocking a solid defense Weddle and Butler will dominate this season.

  29. denverdude7 says: May 18, 2013 8:55 PM

    Dear Dwight,

    You just made a BIG mistake. The Chargers will be lucky to win 5 games in 2013.

    You could have taken similar money from the Broncos and gotten another Super Bowl ring in the process.

    As is, you are now playing for the fourth place team in the AFC West.

  30. rooneyruleblues says: May 18, 2013 9:43 PM

    Lol at all the people talking about how SD should have kept shawn phillips. . He is a party animal, constantly out getting drunk and in vegas at pool parties during the summer. See him out all the time. He is also fat and out of shape, never would be the player he could be because he doesnt give the game his all. SD doesnt need clowns like that anymore.

  31. thewarrenmoon says: May 18, 2013 9:58 PM

    He has always been overrated and one dimensional. You won’t hear from hear again now that he is playing for the Northern Tijuana Chargers.

  32. toonloonboon says: May 18, 2013 10:41 PM

    they also signed marvin harrison for 45 million. gun not included.

  33. raiderapologist says: May 18, 2013 10:48 PM

    humb0lt says: May 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    McCoy/Pagano will design a defensive scheme(s) to take max advantage of Freeney’s special brand of talent. Looking forward to his first take-down of Peyton, harassing No. 18 all game long twice, maybe thrice (playoffs) a season.

    The San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express is gaining momentum.
    ————————–
    What’s that? Ah…playoffs? Don’t talk about… playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?

  34. autmnwind79 says: May 18, 2013 11:37 PM

    humb0lt says:
    May 18, 2013 1:12 PM
    McCoy/Pagano will design a defensive scheme(s) to take max advantage of Freeney’s special brand of talent. Looking forward to his first take-down of Peyton, harassing No. 18 all game long twice, maybe thrice (playoffs) a season.

    The San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express is gaining momentum.

    —————————————-

    Chargers can’t even spell Super Bowl

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