Lions claim DE Freeney off waivers

Nov 9 2017 Glendale AZ USA Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dwight Freeney against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 9 2017 Glendale AZ USA Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dwight Freeney against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have claimed former All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers to help with their struggling pass rush, the team announced.

He made his season debut in Week 8 with Seattle and tallied three sacks in his first two games. The 37-year old was surprisingly waived by the Seattle Seahawks this week. Freeney played for Caldwell from 2009-2011. Freeney has 125 1/2 sacks in his 16 years in the league, 17th on the all-time list and second to the Panthers' Julius Peppers among active players. Now in his 16th season, he has previously spent time with the Atlanta Falcons (2016), Arizona Cardinals (2015), San Diego Chargers (2013-14), and Indianapolis Colts (2002-12).

Unfortunately, his playing time had been limited in the last few weeks, and he played only 17 of 62 possible snaps in Week 11 against the Falcons, per Pro Football Reference.

The Lions have 21 sacks so far this season, tied for 20th in the NFL.

In coming to the Motor City, Freeney reunites with Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell, who coached the pass rusher during their time with the Indianapolis Colts.