Dwight Freeney ‘completely confused’ by Seahawks releasing him
The Seattle Seahawks made a surprising move ahead of Thanksgiving Day by parting ways with veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney. Seemingly no one saw the move coming, including Freeney.
On Wednesday, the one-time Super Bowl champion talked about the Seahawks releasing him suddenly and the Detroit Lions promptly bringing him on to help bolster their defense, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
“Completely confused to be in this situation but excited for the future,” Freeney wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to unite with my former head coach Jim Caldwell and play for the Lions!”
At 37, Freeney is no longer in the prime of his career and maybe playing out his last season in the NFL. Freeney’s best days in the league are behind him as he’s bounced around from team to team since parting ways with the Indianapolis Colts back in 2012.
Since his days as arguably one of the best players in the NFL at his position with the Colts, Freeney has gone from the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Seahawks, and now Lions. The seven-time Pro Bowler hasn’t spent more than two seasons with any these teams other than Colts with his longest stint being with the Chargers from 2013 to 2014.
Freeney played in only four games for the Seahawks this season in which he recorded three sacks and one pass deflection. He’ll now join the Lions who have their sights set on the playoffs with a 6-4 record heading into Week 12 where they’ll face the 8-2 division rival Minnesota Vikings.