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Atlanta Falcons Sign Cornerback Calais Campbell

Atlanta Falcons Sign Cornerback Calais Campbell

  The Atlanta Falcons have added to their roster following rookie minicamp, this time by adding a cornerback who provides length for their secondary. Collins had been starting cornerback for the Bills before injuries derailed his progress last season, providing additional depth among a group that includes Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Tre Flowers Signs With The Falcons Atlanta Falcons added depth to their cornerback position this offseason by signing veteran Tre Flowers to a one-year deal, complete with a $2 million signing bonus, on Monday. Former Seattle Seahawk and Cincinnati Bengal, Flowers has joined Atlanta as part of his second stint with Cincinnati since 2013. Flowers, 27, started 40 games over four seasons for Seattle before signing with Cincinnati as a waiver claim last season. He mostly served on special teams during this one full season in Cincinnati; still managing 27 tackles, one interception, and five pass breakups in total. He joins a secondary that has undergone significant overhaul this offseason with Mike Hughes, Jeff Okudah and fourth-round pick Clark Phillips joining. Jessie Bates III (from Cincinnati), will rejoin A.J. Terrell and Clark Phillips to compete for starting roles alongside veterans such as Mike Hughes. Flowers could make it more difficult for Atlanta Falcons to identify a starter at cornerback, but his addition will only strengthen their defense further. It will enable them to cover opposing wide receivers better thanks to increased depth at this position. After an underwhelming start to their season, Atlanta Falcons dramatically improved down the stretch and became one of the five best defensive units in the league by scoring five shutouts -- helping propel them into the playoffs for the first time since 2021. As for their upcoming season, the Falcons look set to improve on their bottom-10 performance in terms of passing yards allowed in 2022. Tre Flowers should give them another veteran presence in their secondary and provide them with the opportunity to take the next step in their development. Flowers (hamstring) is considered questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Kansas City Chiefs, having dealt with an injury since Week 8. If he misses, Mike Hilton and Cam Taylor-Britt may serve as backups to Eli Apple if necessary. Calais Campbell Resigns With The Falcons The Atlanta Falcons have taken steps this offseason to bolster their defense, signing defensive tackle David Onyemata, linebackers Kaden Elliss and Tae Davis, safety Jessie Bates III and cornerback Mike Hughes - in hopes of improving what was rated as one of the NFL's worst pass rush units and third worst run defense units last season. Now Calais Campbell joins their frontline as another addition. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Falcons and Campbell have agreed on a one-year contract. Campbell had visited Jets, Bills and Jaguars this week before settling on Atlanta as his destination for one or possibly both final seasons (if not both). At 36 years old, Campbell may no longer be as devastating to opposing teams as in Arizona and Jacksonville, but he still possesses enough game to contribute significantly to any defense. Last season with Baltimore's Ravens he started 14 games and recorded 5.5 sacks - this should help strengthen an Atlanta defensive front that ranked 28th overall last year in terms of sacks recorded. Campbell will join a deep roster of defenders that already includes Grady Jarrett and Lorenzo Carter as returning starters, along with defensive tackle Jason Peters who just had a career-best season. Although no longer starting-caliber safetly himself, Campbell can still provide depth and leadership. The Falcons have an ambitious plan in place for how they want their front seven deployed under new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, and signing Campbell is another step in that process. Their goal is to form an aggressive unit capable of pressure opposing quarterbacks - even as Campbell approaches age 40 in 2023, his experience will still provide invaluable benefits to the group. His addition shows the Falcons are serious about making a playoff push next season; given their other offseason moves thus far, that might just happen! Hype in Flowery Branch is real! Kaleb McGary Resigns With The Falcons Atlanta Falcons free agency activity has been intense this offseason, filling holes on defense while adding depth in their offense. Most recently, they re-signed right tackle Kaleb McGary with a three-year deal worth $34.5 million that should please both sides involved. While McGary is an outstanding player who deserves this reward for his hard work and talent, some feel this contract might have been better structured to benefit both sides involved. Last offseason, when the Falcons decided not to exercise McGary's fifth-year option, he responded with his best season yet. A mauling blocker in both running game and pass protection duties, McGary was an essential piece of their offensive line and seemed likely to re-sign with them soon after his success last season. Unfortunately for them though, his contract expired without renewal and was ultimately released for free agency by March. As it stands, the Falcons are resigning McGary. According to reports, they have inked him to a three-year deal worth up to $34.5 million which includes a signing bonus of $5,485,992 as well as base salary payments of $3,500,000 per year. McGary will rejoin an offensive line featuring Jake Matthews on an extended contract at left tackle, Chris Lindstrom recently signing an unprecedented mega-deal on right guard and Drew Dalman back at center. Add McGary as right tackle, and this looks to be a very solid unit able to protect Matt Ryan while asserting itself in the running game in 2023. The Falcons could still add depth at offensive tackle in the draft, though their focus will likely be on finding backup for their starting five. With legal tampering window opening up today at noon and only Mike McGlinchey and Jawaan Taylor currently available as free agents on the market likely commanding significant offers, both are likely to command high salaries from suitors looking to re-sign them. Desmond Ridder Signs With The Falcons At their first press conference since taking over Atlanta's front office and coaching duties in December 2016, general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith pledged to make wise financial decisions with team funds. So far this offseason, they've delivered, with Chris Lindstrom signing a five-year extension and backup quarterback Taylor Heinecke joining as backups respectively; additionally, punter Bradley Pinion and fullback Keith Smith were retained to bolster running game performance; on defense they added tackle David Onyemata and linebacker Kaden Elliss to reinforce front seven defense. Priority one for this offseason has been building up rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder from University of Cincinnati - third round draft choice and third-round selection from last year - further than last season. Ridder made some strides last season but still needs work done on himself and his game. Ridder is eager to work alongside veteran quarterback Taylor Heinicke this season and learn as much from him as he can. Additionally, he's spent his offseason training alongside new teammates, beginning to form bonds among them all. Heinicke believes Ridder has the potential to become an impactful NFL starter, noting his "pocket awareness" and ability to make smart decisions. Additionally, Heinicke highlighted Ridder's strong arm as something that shouldn't pose too many difficulties when transitioning from college into the professional ranks. Ridder acknowledges his inexperience, yet remains confident he can make improvements this year and be an effective leader for the Falcons. He attributes this optimism to their talented offensive roster featuring Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Mack Hollins; these players should help him become more productive player come 2023. On defense, the Falcons re-signed free agent cornerback Jalen Armstrong to a one-year deal. Armstrong started four games last season for Atlanta and recorded seven passes defended; though not a big ticket addition, his signing will provide depth and special teams value this year. They have also re-signed linebacker Darrell Davis who will contribute significantly on special teams this season.

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