Dwight Freeney expected to sign with Chargers

By James Williams

The defense in San Diego just got another talented player to add onto the roster.

The Chargers are expected to sign defensive end / linebacker Dwight Freeney to a  two year deal.

Freeney spend the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him 11th overall in the 1st round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

During those 11 seasons, he racked up a total of 107.5 career sacks.

The Chargers hosted Freeney, who was a free agent, for a visit a day after second-year player Melvin Ingram torn ACL in his left knee during an OTA practice.

Freeney will be coming off a down year as he had to adjust to the Colts’ new 3-4 alignment in 2012. He only recorded five sacks in 14 games last season. Freeney will be joining the Chargers, which also runs a 3-4 defense.

There were also whispers Freeney signing with the Denver Broncos, who are a AFC West divison rival for the Chargers.

The Broncos is also the place in which Freeney’s former teammate Peyton Manning is under center at quarterback, but instead of playing again on the same roster Freeney will have a chance to sack Manning.

The veteran defensive end will likely become the new face of the defense until the possibility rises for rookie linebacker Manti Te’o makes an impact.


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