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Name: Dwight Freeney
Position: Outside Linebacker
After 11 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Dwight Freeney packed his bags and headed West to San Diego, where he'll replace the injured Melvin Ingram.
The seven-time Pro Bowler made headline news when he opted to sign with the Chargers, but the media was quick to question how Freeney would fit in San Diego's defensive scheme.
Given the hype and high expectations for Freeney to excel right out of the gate, especially after one of his least productive seasons with the Colts, I have to label this move as an overrated one.
I applaud Telesco's efforts for bringing in a seasoned veteran on such short notice given the tight cap space, but Freeney and Ingram bring different things to the table on defense.
Ingram was successful in his rookie season because he was athletic enough to stop the run and rush the passer. Freeney, on the other hand, struggled to find his role in Indy's hybrid 3-4 defense.
Freeney will get his hands on opposing quarterbacks, but he won't make much of an impact elsewhere.