Re-Sign Or Rebuild: Was Dwight Freeney’s Short Stint Worth Another Try?

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Detroit’s Hopes Of What Dwight Freeney Could Do In 2017 Shattered. 

Time is a monster that never loses. If the Detroit Lions were able to get defensive end Dwight Freeney in his prime, who knows what would have happened with the teams he would be on. Instead, the team got an older, slower, and not so productive version of the star defensive end.

Later in the 2017 season, the Detroit Lions needed a good pass rusher as many on the team were banged up and injured. Fans of the team went wild when the Lions were able to sign the soon to be Hall of Famer. They all knew Freeney was older, but with his time in Seattle during the 2017 season beforehand looking good enough for their roster, hopes were high on what the veteran could do.

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All Bark And No Bite

Coming into Detroit, Freeney had three sacks and a pass deflection. What did he do in Detroit? Stats wise, nothing. Zip. Nada. Freeney would CREATE pressure very few times, but he would never record a tackle, sack, pass deflection, anything. It was a total letdown for the entire fanbase and the front office.

Everyone was hoping he could bring just some kind of spark to the team, some kind of energy and play that could help Detroit just get a little bit better on the defensive line. Sadly, that was never achieved and could show other teams that his time could be up in the NFL and retirement could be soon a thing for Freeney.

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Re-Sign Or Rebuild Dwight Freeney?

Rebuild hands down. While Freeney was a good player in his prime, father time has caught up too much with him and is showing everyone why he is undefeated. Freeney isn’t needed in Detroit as they are looking to get younger and better on the defensive line, not older and worse.

I already took a look at what defensive end targets the Detroit Lions could be looking at in the draft and free agency with defensive end Ziggy Ansah, so if you would like to see those options, check out the article here.

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Brandon Knapp
Brandon Knapp is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in Journalism, minoring in Sports Management. He was born and raised in the city of Marysville, MI. He also writes for and covers the Michigan Wolverines Football team (his other love). Brandon also enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers.