The San Diego Chargers signed veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney last season in hopes that Freeney could make an impact getting after the quarterback on passing downs.
Unfortunately for Freeney and the Chargers, Freeney played in just four games before the Chargers were forced to place him on Injured Reserve because of a torn quadriceps tendon he suffered in a 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on September 29.
Freeney, who signed a two-year, $8.75 million deal last season, has agreed to take a pay cut this season so the Chargers can continue to pursue other free agents.
Dwight Freeney took a pay cut from $3.5M to $2.5M. His ’14 cap number goes from $4.75M to $3,843,750 in the process.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 15, 2014
Freeney was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. The former Syracuse Orange star spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Indianapolis.
Freeney finished with just two tackles in 2013.
However, Freeney, 34, has 300 tackles, 108 sacks and 44 forced fumbles in his career.