Lions claim veteran DE Freeney off waivers

From ESPN - November 22, 2017

The Detroit Lions have claimed former All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers to help with their struggling pass rush, the team announced.

The 37-year-old Freeney became available after the Seattle Seahawks waived him Tuesday following a four-game stint with the club during which he had three tackles and three sacks.

The Lions will be the sixth team Freeney has played for in his career -- and this will be the first time he has been on two teams in one season.

The claim also reunites Freeney with Jim Caldwell, who coached him in Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011. Freeney was a Pro Bowler in every season he played under Caldwell and a first-team All-Pro in 2009.

Seattle signed Freeney last month, adding him to a defensive line rotation that had lost Cliff Avril to injured reserve. Freeney recorded a sack in his Seahawks debut, then two more the following week. He averaged 28 snaps over his first three games, then played 17 in Seattle's 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.


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