The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have extended the contract of linebacker Nate Stupar, for what ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports is a one-year deal worth $585,000. Stupar was an impending exclusive rights free agent, and this deal gets done a week before the Falcons were compelled to tender him a one-year deal at the same level.
Stupar was picked up by the Falcons at the start of last season to add depth at linebacker. He served as a backup linebacker and played exclusively on special teams outside a handful of snaps at the end of the team’s 56-14 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. Stupar was among the team’s better special teams performer, finishing behind only wide receiver Eric Weems in tackles with eight stops.
Stupar was originally a seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2012 out of Penn State. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles before being picked up by the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the season. In 2013, he appeared in five games with the 49ers on special teams, totaling five tackles. He was scooped up by the Jacksonville Jaguars after being released by the 49ers in November, and finished the season tallying seven special teams tackles in seven appearances for the Jaguars. The Jaguars cut him this past summer in their final cuts.
Stupar will likely be competing for a special teams role at middle linebacker this season.