Falcons agree to deal with pass-rush specialist Freeney
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have attempted to address their persistent pass-rush problem by agreeing to terms on a deal with free-agent linebacker Dwight Freeney.
The 36-year-old Freeney hasn’t had a double-digit sack total since 2010. Even so, his eight sacks in 11 games with Arizona in 2015 would have easily led Atlanta.
The Falcons were last in the league with only 19 sacks last season. They have ranked no higher than 28th in sacks since 2012.
Freeney had 107½ sacks in 11 seasons with the Colts, including a career-high and NFL-leading 16 in 2004.
Freeney’s 47 forced fumbles rank third in NFL history, according to STATS LLC. He led the Cardinals with three forced fumbles last season.
Terms of the agreement were not immediately available.