Atlanta #Falcons sign Dontari Poe

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The Falcons have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

“Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket,” said General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. “He will add to our defensive line group and will mix nicely with Beasley, Jarrett, Shelby and Clayborn. We are happy to be able to add him to our roster.”

The two-time Pro Bowler from the University of Memphis has been a key contributor for the Kansas City Chiefs since being drafted in 2012. The 346-pound, former first round selection has recorded 202 total tackles in 78 games played – 76 started – while also recording 13 sacks, 12 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In 2013, Poe was selected to his first career Pro Bowl. That season he recorded 4.5 sacks and 52 total tackles – 43 solo – along with four passes defensed. He followed that year up with another Pro Bowl selection in 2014, while posting a career high six sacks and 46 total tackles.

Last season, Poe played in all 16 games, while recording 27 total tackles – 18 solo – with 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble. The Memphis native will be a welcomed sight to a defensive line that saw the emergence of, first-time Pro Bowler, Vic Beasley Jr. and third-year pro, Grady Jarrett – who recorded three sacks in Super Bowl LI. The defensive line will also see the return of Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn, who recorded five sacks in 13 games played last season.


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The Falcons have announced that they have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. The Falcons have now re-signed or extended seven players from the 2016 team, including cornerback Robert Alford and tackle Ryan Schraeder.

“Blidi is a guy we had come in last year so we got a good evaluation on him during practices,” General Manager Thomas Dimitroff stated. “We like his length and the way he competes, and feel he will continue to add depth to our secondary.”

The Falcons signed Wreh-Wilson last season to add more depth at the cornerback position when Desmond Trufant went down with a season ending shoulder injury. Wreh-Wilson was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Connecticut. During his four-year career, Wreh-Wilson has played in 35 games with 14 starts and has recorded 87 total tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble.

Atlanta Falcons agree to terms with Schaub, Upshaw #nfl #falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on contract extensions with quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw on Mar. 9.

“The plan we laid out for this offseason begins with re-signing our own players, and we are fortunate to get deals done with Courtney and Matt ,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “Courtney proved to be versatile in our defensive scheme and he will continue to play several roles along our defensive line. We know the value of having an experienced back-up at quarterback and Ryan and Schaub work well together so it was important to keep that tandem together.”

“Coupling these moves with being able to secure Robert Alford and Ryan Schraeder long-term before the end of the season has us off to a good start when it comes to executing our plan.”

Schaub was signed by the Falcons last season to be a key veteran backup to Matt Ryan. Schaub spent his first three seasons in Atlanta, before being traded to the Houston Texans in the 2007 offseason where he put up impressive numbers over seven years (23,221 passing yards, 124 touchdowns, and a 90.9 passer rating). The former Virginia Cavalier was seen as somebody who could help Ryan master a new offense that Schaub had previously played in with the Texans. Schaub saw action in four games last season and will return to his backup role in 2017.

Upshaw was signed by Atlanta during the 2016 offseason and during training camp, he was converted to defensive tackle after playing outside linebacker during his time with Baltimore. Upshaw saw action in 13 games with five starts for the Falcons. His playing time increased as the season went on, as he recorded 12 of his 23 total tackles, his .5 sack, and his only forced fumble and fumble recovery in the last six games of the season, as the team went 5-1. Upshaw also recorded a sack on Patriots QB Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI. The former Alabama standout has played in 77 career games with 56 starts and has recorded 206 total tackles (124 solo), eight passes defensed, 5.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries, and four forced fumbles.