The Atlanta Falcons announced the signings of offensive tackle Tom Compton and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Compton’s addition was reported yesterday, but officially announced today. Reynolds most recently played for the Chicago Bears in 2015, but was not tendered as a restricted free agent when the offseason began last week.
With the Bears, Reynolds started one game at inside linebacker this past season while appearing in 13. He played predominantly on special teams, but did record 12 tackles on defense. He was signed by the Bears in September after he was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, after playing in two games at the start of 2015 on special teams, where he recorded a pair of tackles.
He spent two seasons with the Jaguars prior to 2015, playing mostly on special teams, where he recorded a combined 16 tackles. He did start three games in 2014 at the Jaguars’ “OTTO” position, which was a modified strong-side linebacker role.
He was originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2013. He began his collegiate career at safety before moving to linebacker as a sophomore.
Given the similarities between the Jaguars and Falcons’ defensive schemes, it’s likely that Reynolds will play on the strong side here but might also get some work at weak-side linebacker as well.
The team’s addition of Reynolds comes in a timely fashion as the team lost free-agent linebacker Nate Stupar to the New Orleans Saints today. Stupar was a restricted free agent that the Falcons did not tender and thus became an unrestricted free agent that was free to sign with any other team.