Falcons ship Sheldon to Europe

The Daily Herald reports that the Falcons recently signed wide receiver Dan Sheldon, and he will be allocated to the recent re-christened NFL Europa this spring.

Sheldon most recently spent a week at the start of the season on the Chicago Bears practice squad. He spent this past summer competing for a roster spot with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2005, he spent the entire season on the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals after being an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois.

Due to his slight 5’8″ 179-pound frame, Sheldon’s best chance of making the roster will be as a return threat. As a junior at NIU, he led the nation with a 22.7 return average on punts with three touchdowns. During his final two years at Northern Illinois, he caught a total of 80 passes for 1719 yards and 14 touchdowns.

No word on which Falcons will join Sheldon in Europe. Teams can allocate a minimum of six players for the league. Last season the Falcons allocated nine players. The draft for NFL Europa will not be held until February 23, with players reporting to their teams on March 8. The NFL Europa season begins on April 14.

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