Dwight Freeney close to signing with Chargers, per report

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The longtime Colt is apparently close to putting on another shade of blue in San Diego.

The San Diego Chargers are close to signing free agent pass rusher Dwight Freeney, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Freeney was released by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason after 11 seasons and 107.5 sacks with the team.

The Chargers were already in the market for another pass rusher, but the need became even greater after they lost Melvin Ingram for the 2013 season due to a torn ACL suffered in OTAs. The team will also be without linebacker Sean Phillips, who left via free agency.

Freeney definitely would address that need, but he may not be the greatest fit for San Diego's base 3-4 defense. He played as a 4-3 defensive end for the first ten years of his career before switching to a more stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker in 2012, and the five sacks he had represents the second-lowest total of his career. The only year in which Freeney had fewer than five sacks was 2007 when he had 3.5, but he only played in nine games because of injury.

The Chargers may limit him to passing situations at first, but if their depth issues at the position persist, he may be forced into more regular action.

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