Jonathan FreenyJonathan Freeny (born June 15, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Rutgers. 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 careerFreeny 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. Freeny would play 46 games at Rutgers and primarily played at defensive end and linebacker.
Miami DolphinsFreeny signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He was released by the team on September 3, 2011.
Chicago RushFreeny was assigned to the Chicago Rush on October 4, 2011. He was exempted by the Rush on December 6, 2011.
Miami DolphinsFreeny was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad on December 7, 2011. 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.
New England PatriotsOn March 12, 2015, Freeny signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal. On September 24, 2015, the Patriots extended Freeny's contract through 2016 after emerging as a core special teamer. 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. He was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2016 with a shoulder injury.
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.
On September 2, 2017, Freeny was released by the Patriots.