Two years, $8.75 million for Freeney

AP

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.

34 responses to “Two years, $8.75 million for Freeney

  1. 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…

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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..

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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-

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
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    What’s that? Ah…playoffs? Don’t talk about… playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?

  21. 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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