Seahawks to sign veteran Dwight Freeney to add to pass rush

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The 6-foot-1, 268-pound Freeney gives the Seahawks an extra pass rusher to help compensate for the loss of Cliff Avril, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a neck injury.

You knew eventually somebody was going to call old man Dwight Freeney up and invite him back for one more round. He is expected to practice for the first time with the Seahawks on Wednesday with the intention of making his debut when Seattle hosts Houston on Sunday.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted a welcome to Freeney Tuesday night, stating: "Excited to have my homie @DwightFreeney join the squad!" Before playing for the Falcons, the seven-time Pro Bowler spent the 2015 season with the Cardinals, notching eight sacks in 11 games.

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The 14-year veteran recorded three sacks in 15 games for the Atlanta Falcons last season during their run to the Super Bowl. The veteran defensive end was still a free agent and the Seahawks made a decision to offer Freeney a deal to finish out the 2017 #NFL season in Seattle.

Frank Clark has been starting in place of Avril.

The Seahawks have had a somewhat inconsistent pass rush this season, ranking 27th in the National Football League this week with 12 sacks in six games, which would be on pace for 32, the fewest of the Carroll era. He came up with the Colts as the No. 11 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was consistently one of the most dominant defensive players in the league. In 163 games, he racked up 107.5 sacks and 43 forced fumbles, both second in franchise history only to Robert Mathis.