Atlanta Falcons fans, it appears sophomore head coach Dan Quinn is collecting all the pieces he needs to complete his defensive puzzle. Living by the motto “fast and physical”, the Falcons have added a veteran player to the team that can bring both those skills as well as leadership to the Falcons Nation. The Atlanta Falcons and pro-bowl/ future NFL hall of famer defensive end Dwight Freeney have agreed to a one year deal.
Welcome to Atlanta, @dwightfreeney!
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 2, 2016
According to ESPN,
The deal is worth $2 million up front, with another $2 million in incentives based on sack production, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Freeney, who signed with Arizonabefore Week 6 in 2015, had eight sacks in 11 games. He was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals’ pass rush last season, an area the team is still trying to address.
The Falcons finished with a league-low 19 sacks last season. Their 73 sacks the past three seasons are 20 fewer than the next lowest team’s tally, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Freeney’s signing is designed, in part, to help address those woes.
Dwight Freeney will report to Falcons training camp today and I believe Freeney’s present and experience will be an asset to the Falcons young defense. Stay tuned to HHS1987 for more NFL news. Follow @eldorado2452 on Twitter and Instagram for all your NFL, Atlanta Falcons and sports news.
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