Rand Getlin of NFL.com reports that the Atlanta Falcons are set to sign free-agent offensive tackle Tom Compton, formerly of the Washington Redskins.
Compton, 26, adds depth at offensive tackle having played predominantly at right tackle over the past four years with the Redskins. Originally the Redskins took him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Dakota. He spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before landing as a reserve for 13 games in 2013.
In 2014, Compton replaced former Falcon Tyler Polumbus for the final nine games of the regular season at right tackle. Compton lost the starting battle for the same position this summer against Morgan Moses, but did manage to start one game as an extra blocking tight end while making 13 total appearances in 2015.
The Falcons already re-signed offensive tackle Bryce Harris this offseason, and presumably he and Compton will compete to become the Falcons’ swing tackle this season behind starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder. Compton’s addition might also give the Falcons some insurance at right tackle in case they lose Schraeder, who is a restricted free agent.
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported last week that Schraeder could “generate interest” on the open market. Should Schraeder sign an offer sheet with another team and the Falcons opt not to match, they would receive a second-round pick in this year’s draft as compensation.