Here we go again. Dwight Freeney came to town, stayed the night, took a physical and left town without a deal. No deal! We just did this same song and dance with Bryant McKinnie and McKinnie ended up locking up a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
With Freeney in town, there has been talk from Mike McCoy saying that the team would adjust the defense in order to get the most out of Freeney. Freeney was used in a 3-4 defense last season and he didn’t have the impact that he had shown in the past. His most productive years were when he put his hand in the dirt and was asked to chase after the quarterback every down. That’s not exactly the role he would play in a traditional 3-4 defense, but the Chargers can use a hybrid and have Freeney chase the QB on every down. Freeney can be used as the Leo Defensive End in a system similar to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not exactly a 3-4 and not exactly a 4-3 defense. It’s the hybrid defense that makes sense if we add Freeney to the roster.
First things first though, can we get a deal that makes sense to both sides. Freeney is out and about shopping for a new team and looking for the best deal possible. Did we offer enough to put Freeney in blue and gold? Time will tell.