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DE Dwight Freeney signs one-year deal with Falcons

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Falcons looking for Freeney to create pass rush (0:54)

Ed Werder explains why the Falcons decided to sign 36-year-old Dwight Freeney to an incentive-laden contract and what he could bring to the team. (0:54)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $2 million up front, with another $2 million in incentives based on sack production, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.

Freeney, who signed with Arizona before Week 6 in 2015, had eight sacks in 11 games. He was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals' pass rush last season, an area the team is still trying to address.

The Falcons finished with a league-low 19 sacks last season. Their 73 sacks the past three seasons are 20 fewer than the next lowest team's tally, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Freeney's signing is designed, in part, to help address those woes.

Freeney, who turned 36 in February, became a free agent in March and first visited Atlanta in May to meet with the coaching staff. Coach Dan Quinn made it clear that there was no need for Freeney to go through a workout because Quinn was well aware of Freeney's body of work, including 119.5 career sacks.

"We had a great visit with Dwight in here today," Quinn said at the time. "It was a chance for him to get to know us and us to know him. So it was more, not a meet-and-greet, but we could explain what our program is all about and where we're headed. So it was awesome to have him here with us, but nothing past that at this point."

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.