The Falcons announced the release of six players today to get their roster number down to 79 players. Instead of that extra spot being filled by safety James Sanders, the team opted to sign center Brett Romberg in the wake of the news that starting center Todd McClure is out for at least the season opener.
Romberg has been out of football since being cut by the Falcons last September. Romberg joined the Falcons prior to the 2009 season and played in 9 games that year as the backup to McClure. His experience in the system allows him to provide valuable depth at the center position and another option if the Falcons deem Hawley incapable of replacing McClure.
Romberg originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. There he was coached by current Falcons O-line coach Paul Boudreau. When Boudreau was hired by the St. Louis Rams in 2006, Romberg followed his coach there. With the Rams, Romberg started 18 of 33 games for the Rams at center over the next three years before following Boudreau to Atlanta in 2009.