Dwight Freeney Signs With San Diego Chargers
Despite being born in Connecticut and growing up a Giants fan, despite stating publicly he wanted to play for his favorite team, Dwight Freeney, the future hall of fame defensive lineman found a deal in San Diego he liked better and likely will finish his career with the Chargers. San Diego is never a bad fall back plan.
The Chargers, with new head coach Mike McCoy ink Freeney to a 2 year deal worth at least 8.5 million dollars. The Chargers showed mild interest in Freeney until defensive linemen Melvin Ingram went down with a knee injury, an injury that appears to be season ending. Ingram, picked right after the Jets took Quintin Coples in the 2012 draft, hurt his knee during off season workouts.
Freeney is still highly productive and scary coming off the edge where he has been terrorizing quarter backs for years recording 107.5 sacks in his illustrious career. Freeney attended Syracuse college.
Early in free agency Freeney expressed his desire to join the Giants, the team he grew up rooting for. When the G-Men lost Osi Umenyura and Chris Canty a possible match looked good. However Freeney's father recently told a media outlet that the Giants " were broke."
By broke 1 can only assume lacking cap space. Freeney got a 2 year deal with some good money. 8.75 million according to published reports. 5.75 million of that will be paid in 2013, 3.25 million will be the signing bonus.
1 irony in signing with the AFC west Chargers is that Freeney will be chasing after his long time pal Peyton Manning who quarterbacks the Chargers west rival the Denver Broncos.
In 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts Freeney had an " off-season" recording "only" 8.5 sacks. That would have led the Jets by the way