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Snelling avoids free agency and is back in the fold
The Falcons have been busy this week. Free Agency officially begins March 13th at 4 PM EST so the team has been working hard to get some of it's key free agents under contract. As we know, Brent Grimes was the first as he was franchised. Then the Falcons re-signed safety Thomas Decoud and pass rusher and one-time kick-off artist Kroy Biermann. The latest Falcons player to be re-signed was running back Jason Snelling.
Originally, the popular thought was the Snelling would be allowed to walk and the Falcons would search out another back-up via the draft or free agency. The news broke on Thursday that Snelling had re-signed. The AJC's D Orlando Ledbetter reported that he signed for three years for $4 million. I like having Snelling back, but I'm absolutely stoked about those numbers. That's a tremendous bargain for Snelling, who is 28 years old and has proven to be a reliable hand when called upon.
Statistically, Snelling peaked in his third season in 2009 when he totalled 613 yards on a career high 142 attempts. He had 4 TDs and also caught 30 balls with 1 TD. He saw his numbers decrease in 2010 as he ran 87 times for 324 yards with 2 TDs but did have 44 receptions for 3 TDs. In 2011, he had his lowest output since 2008. He only ran the ball 44 times for 151 yards (the 3.4 ypc was his lowest since his rookie season) but he did catch 26 balls for 179 yards.
An underrated aspect of Snelling's game is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Over the last three years he has led Falcons running backs in receptions every season with an average of 33 catches per season. It's nice to have Snelling back as it provides good depth in the backfield along with Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers. It will be interesting to see how Snelling is utilized in Dirk Koetter's offense.
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ATLANTA, March 7—This afternoon the Atlanta Falcons announced that they have come to terms with emerging defensive end Kroy Biermann.
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The Atlanta Falcons locked up one of their most promising young defensive linemen when end Kroy Biermann agreed to a new three-year contract on Wednesday, FOXSports.com has learned.
Biermann, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, has been an up-and-coming player in the Falcons' defensive line rotation and also is a key special teams contributor. He has played in 64 NFL games...
We talked last week about the signing of Kroy Biermann being "imminent". Well today was that day. Biermann signed a three-year contract that could be worth up to $12 million. The Biermann signing comes on the heels of the Falcons also locking up safety Thomas Decoud. These aren't earth shattering signing like a Mario Williams signing would be but they are both needed...
According to the Atlanta Falcons official Twitter page, they have re-signed running back Jason Snelling. We don’t have the details of the contract at this time.
Snelling signed a one-year deal last offseason to stay in Atlanta and has shown that he’s a viable third-down back that can help take some of the load off of Michael Turner.
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Welcome back to my newest Mock Off-Season where we look at not just draft picks but also free agent signings. Their are going to be quite a few changes since last time. Since my last update the Falcons have franchised CB Brent Grimes, signed exclusive rights free agents Michael Palmer and Antone Smith, and finally they re-signed FS Thomas Decoud. As of right now Grimes' has not...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons worked out free agent linebacker Lofa Tatupu on Friday.
Just last month, Tatupu worked out for the Saints and Titans. In the end, it looks like neither team was interested.
Tatupu was released by the Seahawks prior to the 2011 season and decided to take the year off to rest up and make sure his body is ready to play football again.