The Seattle Seahawks have signed veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney to a one-year deal, the franchise announced Tuesday night.

Dwight Freeney Seahawks signing news

Freeney, 37, became a free agent in March after playing one season with the Atlanta Falcons. The 2002 first-round pick out of Syracuse — who formerly played for the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and then-San Diego Chargers — recorded one sack and seven hurries in Super Bowl LI.

The Seahawks (4-2, 2nd in NFC West) are desperate for a defensive end after starter Cliff Avril was placed on injured reserve with a neck/spine injury.

Seattle — which defeated the New York Giants 24-7 on Sunday — next hosts the Houston Texans — who are coming off a bye week — on Sunday.


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Freeney, a seven-time Pro-Bowler, has said he has mulled retirement every year since 2012. has 122.5 career sacks, which is third among active players behind Julius Peppers (150.0) and DeMarcus Ware (138.5).

The Hartford, Connecticut native played the 2016 season with a quadriceps tear, and injury that caused him to miss one game. Freeney finished with three sacks, four tackles for loss and ten quarterback hits in 15 games with one start. He also started two of three postseason games and registered a sack, a tackle for a loss and three quarterback hits.

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 27: Linebacker Dwight Freeney #54 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeatred the Packers 38-30. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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