Falcons not signing Dwight Freeney at this time
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team won't sign veteran pass-rusher Dwight Freeney at this time, but haven't ruled him out for future consideration.
Freeney came to Atlanta on Wednesday to visit with the coaching staff. Quinn made it clear that there was no need for the 36-year-old Freeney to go through a workout because Quinn was well aware of Freeney's body of work, with 119.5 career sacks.Wholesale Atlanta Falcons jerseys
"We had a great visit with Dwight in here today," Quinn said. "It was a chance for him to get to know us, and us to know him. So it was more, not a meet-and-greet, but we could explain what our program is all about and where we're headed. So it was awesome to have him here with us. But nothing past that at this point."
Freeney played for Arizona last season and finished with nine sacks in 11 games. It's unclear how much money Freeney is looking for, but he would have made $970,000 last season had he went through a full season with the Cardinals.www.atlantafalconsjerseyspop.com
Freeney, who also visited Cincinnati without signing, had no other visits immediately planned after Atlanta.
The Falcons, currently with just over $4 million in cap space, according to NFLPA records, get another $4.75 million in cap relief tomorrow after designating released nose tackle Paul Soliai a June 1 cut. Cheap nfl jerseys In other words, money probably wasn't the primary factor behind the Falcons not signing Freeney immediately, unless his asking price was ridiculous.
The Falcons, who had a league-low 19 sacks last season, are counting on Vic Beasley to take a significant step as both a nickel rusher and blitzer from the strongside linebacker spot. Quinn also has faith in a slimmed down Brooks Reed, who was slowed coming off preseason groin surgery last season but showed little signs of life after getting healthy. The Falcons hope to get a push up the middle from Grady Jarrett, newcomer Derrick Shelby and veteran Jonathan Babineaux, while Adrian Clayborn is the other edge rusher expected to make an impact. Wholesale nfl jerseys