Dwight Freeney “confused” that Seahawks cut him, “excited” to play for Lions

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Dwight Freeney is, at age 37, no longer an every-down player. But as a situational pass rusher, he was playing pretty well in Seattle this season. So his release yesterday came as a surprise.

But Freeney was claimed on waivers by the Lions today, and he says he’s looking forward to reuniting with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who previously coached Freeney in Indianapolis.

“Completely confused to be in this situation but excited for the future,” Freeney wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to unite with my former head coach Jim Caldwell and play for the Lions!”

That Freeney is confused suggests that the Seahawks gave him no explanation of why they cut him loose. But the Lions, whose defense has struggled lately, can use another player in their front seven. Freeney probably won’t play a lot of snaps in Detroit, but the Lions are excited for the possibility that he can make an impact.

33 responses to “Dwight Freeney “confused” that Seahawks cut him, “excited” to play for Lions

  1. Good for him. Clearly ending his run in the pros, but sure came through with what, 3 sacks in 4 games for the Seahawks? That’s production but it obviously wasn’t a long-term fit – nothing against the Seahawks because I am sure the brain trust will come up with their own “informed” version of events.

    Good luck Freeney. A lot of people rooting for you.

  2. At 37, life is not even close to being over. If Dwight can contribute, then that is all that really matters.

  3. Why would the Seahawks explain it to Dwight. Pete Carroll still hasn’t explained why he tried that fake field goal. He just sits on the sidelines chewing his gum, grabbing his knees thinking….well. Not sure what we’re doing but If it works, I’m a genius.

  4. “That Freeney is confused suggests that the Seahawks gave him no explanation of why they cut him loose.”

    Probably because he refused to give opposing offenses free yardage on every possession by committing boneheaded penalties.

    Made the other guys look bad…

  5. The Lions are just trying to squeeze out whatever football he has left in him. We’ll see what happens. But it’s good that he gets to end his career playing for the coach who helped him get started.

  6. Love Freeney! Has had a great run. Great player. Always played for teams I rooted against, but I guess that should be taken as a compliment. Sorry to see he has head to terrible Detroit to play. Would have like to see him finish up with a team who was making a run. Still think he would have been a great rotation for the Eagles, and a little surprised that Green Bay didn’t make a run for him.

    Best of luck Dwight!

  7. johny248 says:

    November 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Love Freeney! Has had a great run. Great player. Always played for teams I rooted against, but I guess that should be taken as a compliment. Sorry to see he has head to terrible Detroit to play. Would have like to see him finish up with a team who was making a run. Still think he would have been a great rotation for the Eagles, and a little surprised that Green Bay didn’t make a run for him.

    ——-
    You’re surprised he didn’t end up on a contender but wanted to see him in Green Bay?

    You know the Lions are in the middle of the playoff hunt right? If they win tomorrow they could realistically win the division. And the Lions just kicked GBs butt a couple of weeks ago.

    Do you even watch football?

  8. That makes two of us.
    I find myself scratching my head about a lot that my team has been doing lately.

  9. I love the pickup for my Lions! Even if he isn’t quite as great as he once was as a player, he’ll be an awesome veteran presence in the locker room and will help our defensive unit continue to grow!

    #OnePride

  10. Big mistake by the Seahawks. Freeney’s always good for several big plays a game, and shows up when it’s needed.

    By cutting Freeney, Seattle will be losing a few key plays a game, and that combined with an already-hobbled defense is a clear step backwards.

    Mark my words – they will regret not having him when they need that extra “something” in a playoff game.

  11. The salary cap has been making Seattle do some things that don’t help them, like letting Steven Hasuchka go and signing Blair Walsh to replace him. Ouch.

    Some more tough decisions would need to be made next season, when Sheldon Richardson and Jimmy Graham will be eligible for free agency and Duane Brown may hold out for a better contract. Ouch.

  12. Dion Jordan has been playing very well when inserted into the lineup, so Freeney was, well, obsolete. I wish Freeney the best, he’s been a beast in this league for a long time!

  13. At least he’s on a team with super bowl hopes, and he might be able to help get them over the top. Freeney has been fortunate. He always seems to be on a team with a really good QB.

  14. As a hawk fan I am taking a break from football for a couple days…that fake FG was 100% on Pete and 100% stupid.

    The team could have gone into halftime down by 4 and feeling great after a 14-0 start…but NO.

    I wonder how much of that decision was them not having any confidence in Blair Walsh?

    And of course they lose by 3…because karma.

  15. not sure where the confusion is. Dwight is an old one-trick pony…when the roster requires a slot for another position…you delete where you are overstocked.

    The fans know it, Dwight knows it…and Pete said exactly that to the press an hour before Dwight popped off on being confused.

    Dwight benefited the past few weeks being on a d-line that required the attn of opposing lines…leaving him one on one vs. the weak links.

    he should feel blessed hes still playing.

  16. Sounds as logical as going for fake field goal from the 17 yard line….oh wait.

    Hey 2012s, we know you guys hide with your tail between your legs after a loss.. but you say so often tell us all what great coach Pete Carroll is. Please explain his reasoning.

  17. I really don’t understand this move, something behind the scenes? they didn’t want to pay him, the organization wants to lose out to get better draft picks?

    Kam is hurt, Sherman is out for the year, Thomas has been battling injuries, the legion of boom is going to be over soon.

  18. I’m not confused. It’s pretty simple actually. Seattle is not making the playoffs, so they cut a veteran because it’s cheaper to do so.

    The one year dynasty ended years ago. They haven’t been the same since getting blown out by Cam and the Panthers in the divisional s a few years back. The Falcons own them too, and would be 3-0 against the Seahawks if Sherman didn’t get away with that obvious PI during the Falcons final drive during the 2016 regular season matchup.

  19. I’m not confused. I stopped being confused when Pete attempted to throw from the 1 to the 5th WR on the depth chart in SB49. In short, he’s no doubt suffering from Altheimers.

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