Former Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, one day after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
Freeney, who was acquired by Seattle last month after Cliff Avril was placed on injured reserve due to a neck/spine injury, recorded three sacks and averaged 28 snaps during his first three games, before playing 17 during Monday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Freeney has taken on a limited role during the past two seasons having played about 23 snaps per game with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and 28 as a member of the Falcons in 2016.
The seven-time Pro Bowler has contemplated retirement each offseason since 2012 and was a free agent prior to signing with Seattle in October. He was used nearly exclusively as a pass-rusher last season as he dealt with a quadriceps tear — which forced him to miss one game — and finished with three sacks, four tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hits in 15 total appearances. The Falcons also allowed Freeney to rest on Wednesdays in order to keep him preserved for gamedays.
During his career, the former Super Bowl champion has recorded 125.5 sacks, which is second among active players and was the 2005 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.