Falcons impressed with Duval
According to a report by Herb Zurkowsky the Montreal Gazette, the Falcons were impressed during a recent workout with CFL kicker Damon Duval. Duval reportedly worked out for the team yesterday along with two other CFL kickers: Sandro DeAngelis and Justin Medlock. Duval made all of his kicks during the Falcons workout and the team was impressed enough to offer him a contract. According to the report, Duval could sign with the team dependent on the signing bonus offered.
Zurkowsky reports that Duval in an option year with the Montreal Alouettes could earn as much as $150,000 in Canada. However, the NFL’s minimum salary for a player of Duval’s experience would earn at least $325,000 this season. It was first reported by the Vancouver Sun more than two weeks ago that the Falcons were interested in Duval.
As for the other two kickers, this is not Medlock’s first stint in the NFL. He was a fifth round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, and played in 7 games that year with the Chiefs. He only made one of his two field goal attempts. He made 40 of 46 field goals while playing with the Toronto Argonauts this past year, his first in Canada. He also handled punting duties, averaging 42.3 yards on 120 punts. DeAngelis, a Canadian native, has spent the past five seasons kicking for the Calgary Stampeders, making 83.8% of his 218 total field goals.
The Falcons interest in these kickers indicates that the team may not be satisfied with their current kicking situation. Matt Bryant handled the duties for the team after Thanksgiving, but due to a later injury the team was forced to add Steven Hauschka to the roster. Both Bryant and Hauschka are signed through this upcoming season. It is rare for NFL teams to carry three kickers into training camp, although more common for two. If the Falcons were to sign Duval, presumably one of the kickers currently on the roster would be cut at some point this off-season.