Following Super Bowl LI, questions regarding if Dwight Freeney would retire began to swirl.
According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Freeney will return for a 16th NFL season. Unless re-signed by the Falcons prior to March 9th, he will be a free agent next week.
The Falcons signed Freeney in August and the veteran defensive end contributed three sacks in 15 regular-season games, adding one in the Super Bowl.
Freeney made an even greater impact off the field for the Falcons as he was often credited for his help in mentoring the NFL's sack leader, Vic Beasley Jr. Jr., in his second professional campaign.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Freeney enjoyed a short stint in Arizona in 2015 where he totaled eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Freeney immediately became one of the league's most feared defensive players, notching 102.5 sacks in his first 10 NFL seasons. Following his time in Indianapolis, Freeney joined the San Diego Chargers in 2013.
Freeney has recorded 122.5 sacks in his career, putting him 18th on the NFL's all-time sack leader list.