Will Dwight Freeney Pay Off For the San Diego Chargers?

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After a long wait, it looks like Dwight Freeney finally knows which team he’ll be playing for during the 2013 season–the San Diego Chargers.

Freeney and the Chargers agreed to a two-year deal on Saturday after the defensive star drew interest from numerous teams following his release from the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason. Freeney may be coming off a 2012 season in which he finished with just five sacks, but the 33-year-old still seems to have a few good years left in him–which is why San Diego hopes this signing pays off.

Throughout his career, Freeney has always been considered one of the top pass rushers in the league and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to bounce back with the Chargers in 2013. This team may have struggled over the last two seasons, but San Diego has certainly been making all of the right moves this offseason to make sure they bounce back next year.

The AFC West certainly won’t be easy to compete with, but the addition of Freeney seems like a great fit for the Chargers’ defense. If Freeney can manage to return from his dominant level from a couple of years ago–San Diego should be able to compete in the division with the other three teams.

At this rate, this seems like a low risk for the Chargers with the potential to be a high reward and keep in mind what happened with Peyton Manning when teams were hesitant to sign him.

In other words–expect Freeney to play with an extra chip on his shoulder now that he’s a member of the Chargers.

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