The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of offensive tackle Pierce Burton today and cut guard Harland Gunn to make room on the roster. Burton spent last summer with the Minnesota Vikings after being an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Burton measures 6’6″ and 305 pounds, adds another body at offensive tackle for the Falcons. The team signed another ex-Vikings tackle in DeMarcus Love earlier this week to shore up depth at the position.
Burton started 26 games over his final two years at Ole Miss, transferring to the SEC school from City College of San Francisco. At CCSF, he played tackle on the wide side of the field and earned MVP honors in the team’s state title win, helping lead that team to a perfect 12-0 record. Burton began his career at San Jose State as a defensive end before making the switch to offensive tackle. He played in a single game as a redshirt freshman before transferring to CCSF.
Gunn first joined the Falcons during their 2012 season, being signed off the practice squad of the New Orleans Saints in November of that year. He would stick on the Falcons roster through 2014, being released in the team’s final cutdowns a year ago. He eventually landed on the practice squad before being promoted back to the active roster last September. In three seasons with the Falcons, Gunn played in 13 games and earned a single start against the New York Giants last season.
Gunn originally entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami, signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Gunn started a total of 30 games at both guard spots over the course of his career at Miami.