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Jonathan Freeny
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-15) June 15, 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth: Margate, Florida
Career information
College: Rutgers
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 2011)*
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (LI)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles     108
Sacks     2.0
Forced fumbles     2
Fumble recoveries     2

Jonathan Freeny (born June 15, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Rutgers.[1] He has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Rush, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions.

College career

Freeny chose to accept a scholarship to Rutgers University due to then head coach Greg Schiano's connections to South Florida from his time with the University of Miami.[2] Freeny would play 46 games at Rutgers and primarily played at defensive end and linebacker.[3]

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Freeny signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He was released by the team on September 3, 2011.[4]

Chicago Rush

Freeny was assigned to the Chicago Rush on October 4, 2011. He was exempted by the Rush on December 6, 2011.[5]

Miami Dolphins

Freeny was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad on December 7, 2011.[4] He then spent the following 3 seasons on the Dolphins active roster. At the end of the 2014 season Freeny became a restricted free agent but was not tendered a contract by Miami and therefore became an unrestricted free agent.[6]

New England Patriots

On March 12, 2015, Freeny signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal.[7] On September 24, 2015, the Patriots extended Freeny's contract through 2016 after emerging as a core special teamer.[8] He played in 13 regular season games with seven starts registering 43 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two special teams tackles.

On August 27, 2016, the Patriots signed Freeny to a two-year contract extension.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2016 with a shoulder injury.[10]

On February 5, 2017, Freeny's Patriots appeared in Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[11][12][13][14]

On September 2, 2017, Freeny was released by the Patriots.[15]

Baltimore Ravens

On September 27, 2017, Freeny signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[16] He was released on October 17, 2017.[17]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 24, 2017, Freeny signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was released four days later.[18]

New England Patriots (second stint)

On December 6, 2017, Freeny was re-signed by the Patriots, but was released one week later.[19][20]

New Orleans Saints

On December 14, 2017, Freeny was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints.[21]

Detroit Lions

On March 26, 2018, Freeny signed with the Detroit Lions, reuniting him with former defensive coordinator in New England, Matt Patricia.[22] He was released on September 1, 2018.[23]

Personal life

Freeny is distant cousins with Dwight Freeney.[24]


  1.[dead link]
  2. Reiss, Mike (September 19, 2015). "Jonathan Freeny's football journey leads him from Dolphins to Patriots".
  3. "Archived copy".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "JONATHAN FREENY". Archived from the original on July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  5. "Historical Team Transactions". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  7. Daniels, Mark (October 26, 2015). "Jonathan Freeny preps for his former team in a new role with Patriots". Providence Journal.
  8. Reiss, Mike (September 24, 2015). "Patriots extend LB Jonathan Freeny's contract through 2016". Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  9. Meyer, Max (August 27, 2016). "Patriots sign Jonathan Freeny to 2-year extension". Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  10. "Patriots sign DL Geneo Grisson and DL Anthony Johnson to the 53-man roster; Place LB Jonathan Freeny and TE Greg Scruggs on Injured Reserve". October 15, 2016.
  11. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  12. Wesseling, Chris. "New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  13. Clarke, Liz. "Julian Edelman’s Super Bowl miracle catch gives Patriots answer to David Tyree", The Washington Post, February 6, 2017
  14. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  15. "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017.
  16. Mink, Ryan (September 27, 2017). "Ravens Sign Veteran Linebacker Jonathan Freeny".
  17. Mink, Ryan (October 17, 2017). "Ravens Sign Former Veteran Steelers Inside Linebacker".
  18. "Jaguars sign linebacker Jonathan Freeny". October 24, 2017.
  19. "Patriots re-sign LB Jonathan Freeny". December 6, 2017.
  20. "Patriots Sign WR Kenny Britt; Announce Additional Roster Moves". December 13, 2017.
  21. "Saints claim linebacker Jonathan Freeny, waive Sterling Moore: source". December 14, 2017.
  22. "Lions sign unrestricted free agent LB Jonathan Freeny". March 26, 2018.
  23. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 1, 2018.
  24. "Miami Dolphins' Jonathan Freeny looks forward to meeting Colts relative Dwight Freeney". Sun Sentinel. November 4, 2012.

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