Chargers won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney


Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney said this month that he wants to continue playing, which is a necessary condition for him to return for a 14th NFL season.

So is a team that wants to have him on their roster and Freeney is going to have to find a new employer than the one he’s had for the last two seasons. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday that the team has told Freeney that he won’t be back for a third year in San Diego.

“I talked to Dwight a couple days ago, and let him know that we weren’t going to pursue another contract with him,” Telesco said, via “I thanked him for everything he gave us the last two years, and really thanked him for really taking a chance on us a couple years ago when he was a free agent. I was a first-time GM, Mike [McCoy] was a first-time head coach, which was a completely new program here. And he took a chance and signed with us.”

A torn quad limited Freeney to four games in 2013 and he produced 3.5 sacks in a limited role for the Chargers last season. At 35, Freeney’s prime days are well behind him but the neverending search for pass rush help means that someone will likely give him a chance to earn another situational role at some point this offseason.

9 responses to “Chargers won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney

  1. I lived in Indianapolis when he was there and he was a salt of the earth guy. Charity work and a leader on the field. He could make a great coach on someone’s staff.

  2. Loved watching that spin move of his, but the speed just wasn’t there. So many times I’d watch him beat the defender only to let even the slowest QBs slip away from his grasp.

  3. Vet minimum for five sacks, many QB pressures, and leadership? Reasonable deal if he’s willing to take $1 mil or so, plus incentives. I’d put on my #93 jersey again just to watch him on TV.

  4. Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu need to step up and stay healthy. Will be interesting to see if they go after Gordon with the 1st pick since Mathews signed with Philly.

  5. Respect for Dwight. Hope some of his knowledge and class rubbed off on the youngsters.

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