Freeney hopeful of returning to Atlanta

The Falcons are reportedly very interested. Here's what PFF data says about his performance in 2016.

| 4 weeks ago
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Freeney hopeful of returning to Atlanta

  • On Thursday evening, free agent edge defender Dwight Freeney told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he has been in communication with the Falcons and “they say they’re still very interested.”
  • In 2016, Freeney finished second on the Falcons with 63 total pressures — the most he has registered since 2010, when he posted 75 with the Colts.
  • The 15-year veteran was used almost exclusively as a pass-rusher last season, spending 84.0 percent of his snaps rushing the passer. In doing so, Freeney earned an overall grade of 78.3 ranking him tied for 39th among edge defenders.
  • During the playoffs, Freeney had the most pressures of all defenders with 17, including 8 in the Super Bowl. He finished with the fourth-best overall grade (84.1) in the game against the Patriots.PlayoffPressures


  • Phong Ta

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this is simply a case of an older veteran trying to skip out on some of the grind of offseason and waiting for training camp to come around before he re-joins.

  • Tim Edell

    It seems like he has been in the league for 25 years.. great career