Following on the heels of their signing of tight end Jacob Tamme earlier today, the Atlanta Falcons have also signed tight end Tony Moeaki. Moeaki is familiar to both new Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and assistant general manager Scott Pioli. Moeaki most recently played with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, but was originally drafted by Pioli when he was GM of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.
Moeaki, 27, is likely to compete with Tamme for the starting spot at tight end in Atlanta. Originally a member of the prolific 2010 tight end draft class that produced standouts like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, Moeaki was selected in the third round that year out of Iowa. He immediately produced as a rookie starter with the Chiefs, catching 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns. However, he missed the entirety of his second season with a torn ACL injury. He came back as a starter in 2012, producing 33 catches for 453 yards and one score. But once again in 2013 he was sidelined with an injury, this time fracturing his shoulder in training camp. He landed on the Chiefs’ injured reserve until he was released with an injury settlement in October. He finished the year with the Buffalo Bills, appearing in two games and not catching a pass. He was cut by the Bills last summer and picked up by the Seahawks midseason. He finished 2014, making two starts in six appearances with Seattle, catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.