Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Schefter: Lions claim Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seahawks

Schefter: Lions claim Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seahawks

The Detroit Lions have reportedly claimed defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, according to National Football League insider Adam Schefter. With Cliff Avril heading to injured reserve with neck/spine issues, Seattle signed the 37-year-old.

The Seahawks waived Freeney on Tuesday, a move ESPN reported as "surprising."

Can the Lions slow the Vikings' momentum on Thanksgiving? "Can't wait to unite with my former head coach Jim Caldwell and play for the Lions!" He didn't play in Monday's loss at home against the Atlanta Falcons, the team Freeney had previously played for.

Speaking Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the decision hard. "We've got some injuries and some things we had to deal with". It is a spot where we have some guys that have played that spot; we are a little bit deeper there.

"We had to make a roster stuff happen", Carroll said. We hated to do it, but we had to do something and that's where it happened.

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Carroll acknowledged the financial element of the decision when asked about what Freeney - a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who's 17th on the all-time sack list - was providing from an intangibles standpoint.

With the Lions' rushing attack needing a boost, Detroit found themselves a seven-time Pro Bowler on the waiver wire this week.

Freeney was part of the NFL's All-Decade team in the 2000s, and while his snaps have decreased the past three seasons as he has gotten older, he still has 14 sacks since the start of the 2015 season.

The return of Ziggy Ansah and the eventual addition of Dwight Freeney may offer just enough of a boost to their pass rush to help this Detroit Lions' club earn their third playoff berth in four years.

The Seahawks promoted wide receiver David Moore from their practice squad to take Freeney's spot.

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