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Chargers quickly focus on Freeney

5/15/2013

Tom Telesco is not wasting any time.

Hours after losing key pass-rusher Melvin Ingram for the 2013 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a non-contact drill, the San Diego Chargers general manager is bringing in Dwight Freeney in for a visit Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting. Telesco was with the Colts organization when Indianapolis drafted Freeney in 2002 and the two were together there through last season.

This isn’t a meet-and-greet. The Chargers are bringing Freeney in because Telesco is ready to make a move.

Freeney would be the team’s best and likely its most-used outside edge rusher. That was going to be the role for Ingram, the team’s No. 1 pick in 2012. Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes both left in free agency.

At age 33, Freeney is best suited to be a rotational player; he wasn't at his best in the 3-4 defenses the Colts used last season. The Chargers also use a 3-4 defense. But this is a desperate time for San Diego, and Freeney hasn’t gotten a lot of interest.

I expect the two sides to work hard to get a deal done. The Chargers have to be careful not to overpay Freeney, because they also need help at offensive tackle and are talking to Winston Justice and Max Starks.