The Lions have been busy on Thanksgiving eve, filling Khyri Thornton’s spot on the roster by calling up defensive tackle Christian Ringo from the practice squad. However, the team wasn’t done and in the late afternoon of Wednesday, they made another roster move, claiming veteran defensive end and former Seattle Seahawk Dwight Freeney off waivers.
Per Adam Schefter:
The Detroit Lions claimed Dwight Freeney on waivers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 22, 2017
Dwight Freeney has played in the NFL since 2002, when he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He spent ten seasons with the Colts, and his career in Indianapolis intersected with Jim Caldwell’s own coaching career there. Freeney has been selected to seven Pro Bowls to go with three first-team All Pro awards.
The Seahawks waived Freeney late Tuesday in what many NFL writers saw to be a surprising move. Freeney was signed late in the season by the Seahawks and played in four games.
If the Lions can get production out of the veteran Freeney in Thursday’s matchup it would be a major boost to their hopes against a hot Minnesota team.
Lions linebacker Paul Worrilow praised the move on Wednesday:
Talked to Lions LB Paul Worrilow today about Freeney, called him an "awesome teammate" who still has plenty of pass rush left in him. Worrilow and Freeney played together last year— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 22, 2017
The Lions will need to make a corresponding move to match Freeney’s addition to the roster. We will have that move here when the news becomes available.
Update 11/22/17: To make room for Freeney on the roster, the Lions have waived wide receiver Jace Billingsley. In addition, the Lions have added cornerback Adairius Barnes to the practice squad.
Update #2 11/22/17: Dave Birkett has early reports of Dwight Freeney’s contract with the Lions, which will reportedly come out to $1 million plus a modest per-game roster bonus.
Freeney's deal is no-risk for the Lions, by the way. He signed for just $1 million with an $8k per-game roster bonus.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 22, 2017