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Former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney to sign with the Cardinals

According to multiple reports, former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney will sign with Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals.

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One of the all-time great Indianapolis Colts players has found a new team.  Pass rusher Dwight Freeney is signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple reports.

Freeney now will join the reunion of former Colts with Bruce Arians in Arizona.  Along with Arians, former Colts coaches like Tom Moore and Harold Goodwin are with the team, plus former Colts players like Jerraud Powers, Cory Redding, A.Q. Shipley, Bradley Sowell, and Drew Stanton, while Kerwynn Williams is on the practice squad.

Dwight Freeeny should still be able to contribute in a situational pass rusher role, which is likely exactly what role he will fill with the Cardinals.  Last year with the Chargers, Freeney played a similar role and recorded 40 quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus, while finishing with the sixth-most hurries among 3-4 outside linebackers and the sixth-best pass rush productivity.  The sack numbers weren't amazing (he recorded 3.5 of them), but he was still productive rushing the passer.

In his 13-year career, Freeney has recorded 111.5 sacks and forced 44 fumbles.  Most of that productivity came during his 11-year career with the Colts, where he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a three-time first-team All-Pro, being a major part of the Colts' run of success.  He is a part of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, and without a doubt he will go in the Colts' Ring of Honor once his career is done.  The Colts parted ways with him after the 2012 season, his first in a 3-4 defense, and he spent two years with the San Diego Chargers.  He wanted to keep playing but had not been signed yet, but now the Cardinals are giving him a shot.

Good for Dwight Freeney, and hopefully he does well with the first-place Cardinals.  They look really good this year, and hopefully Freeney can help their pass rush and help make them even more formidable.  He wanted to play for a contender, and he might get to do just that with the Cardinals.