The Atlanta Falcons announced that they reached an injury settlement with offensive lineman Peter Konz today, getting their roster to the league’s mandated 75-man limit in time for the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline today. Konz was a former second-round pick of the team in 2012, but failed to live up to high expectations over the course of his three-year career. Konz had surgery on his knee last week that was expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks. Due to the injury settlement, the Falcons will be able to re-sign Konz at some point in the future, after a time period of at least six weeks have passed.
Konz, a highly-touted draft center prospect out of Wisconsin, started 10 games as a rookie at right guard. He was moved to center in 2013 to replace the retired Todd McClure, but struggled through nine starts before being replaced by Joe Hawley. Konz finished the year starting six of the final seven games at right guard, although he split reps with Harland Gunn over the final three and was thoroughly outplayed. Konz entered 2014 as a reserve behind Hawley, but managed to start three games at center after Hawley suffered a knee injury. However, Konz himself suffered a knee injury himself and his season was over.
If Konz’s Falcons career is finished, he started 28 of 39 career games over the past three seasons. He is currently one of six second-round picks from the 2012 draft no longer with the team that drafted them.