D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that the Falcons have contacted free agent passer Tim Rattay about their backup quarterback position. The Falcons signed free agent Chris Redman last week, but since he has not thrown a pass in a game since 2003, the Falcons feel like the position could be addressed further.
The AJC article also writes that the Falcons remain interested in quarterback Anthony Wright about taking over the position. ESPN has even reported that former Falcon passer Jeff George has contacted the team about joining them. Although it’s doubtful that the Falcons have serious interest in George. George has not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2001.
Rattay spent the past two seasons with the Buccaneers. He started two games last season, going 1-1. His 88.2 passer rating, 60.4 completion percentage, and 4:2 touchdown-interception ratio were the highest on the team. He began the 2005 season as the starter for the 49ers, but was benched after the team started off 1-3 under him. The 49ers traded him to the Bucs prior to the trading deadline, and he was inactive for most of the remaining season.
Over five and half seasons with the 49ers, he started a total of 16 games, going 4-12. He was an efficient passer, completing 60.8% of his passes for 3941 yards, with 24 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and a passer rating of 81.6.
Anthony Wright most recently played with the Cincinnati Bengals. He only threw 3 passes last season, but completed all of them for 31 yards. He started 7 games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, completing 61.7% of his passes for 1582 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. The Ravens went 2-5 in that span. In 2003, he finished the season as the starter as well, with the team going 5-2 in his seven-game span as the starter. The Falcons would mark the fifth team of Wright since joining the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999. There was also a two-year span where he was a backup in Dallas.
It is likely that the team will try and add a more experienced backup such as Rattay or Wright to handle the No. 2 position behind Michael Vick. That position was recently vacated when the Falcons decided to trade Matt Schaub to the Texans. That would mean that Redman is expected to push D.J. Shockley and James Kilian for the No. 3 position on the depth chart.