The Atlanta Falcons announced earlier today that kicker Matt Bryant was re-signed prior to becoming a free agent in March. Terms of his deal were undisclosed.
Bryant has served as the Falcons’ kicker since 2009, when he was a late-season replacement for Jason Elam. Since then, Bryant has become one of the best kickers in team history. He currently ranks second only behind Morten Anderson in terms of field goals made, extra points made, and points scored. Bryant has made 88.6 percent of his 167 field-goal attempts, the highest in team history. He has connected on all 222 of his extra-point attempts, a feat that no other Falcons kicker that has attempted 50 or more extra points has achieved. Over his Falcon career, Bryant has connected on seven game-winning field goals.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Bryant played with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2009 after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryant spent four seasons kicking for the Bucs before his release. Previously, Bryant was a journeyman kicker that went undrafted out of Baylor in 1999. He spent time with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (2000), Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2002), New York Giants (2002), Dallas Cowboys (2004), Indianapolis Colts (2004) and Miami Dolphins (2004) before landing with the Bucs in 2005.
Bryant will turn 40 in May and is currently the third oldest active player in the NFL behind kickers Adam Vinatieri (age 42) and Phil Dawson (40). Bryant was set to become a free agent when free agency begins on March 10 and is the third impending free agent for the Falcons to re-sign this week following new deals for defensive tackle Cliff Matthews and fullback Patrick DiMarco. Bryant’s new deal will presumably keep him in Atlanta for the remainder of his career.