Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Diego Chargers' Dwight Freeney takes a pay cut


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.

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.

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  • powderBLUE801

    He is a stand up guy. Doing what it takes for his team! I hope he blows the top off mannings head this year.

    • surge619

      Agree with you on that one

      • powderBLUE801

        Yes sir. He never had the chance to hit him last year I hope he does this year. He even said he wants to punish him for all the times they practiced and he couldn’t hit his QB.

  • Steve Valadez

    Lots of class during a time where players just think about themselves and how much they are making. I’m sure TT has a plan up his sleeve.

  • Brett M

    Class Act! I hope this and Clarys paycut allows us to pick up Wilfork!

    • Steve Valadez

      Butler already tweeted him with the invitation! Come one TT. Get it done.

  • arnie

    This is a good move for Freeney. 1. He doesn’t need the money. 2. This obviously helps the team. 3. He gives himself an opportunity to play, instead of being cut, and spending his money on more FA/draft picks.