Snelling agrees to terms
The team announced via Twitter that running back Jason Snelling has agreed to terms of a new deal. Snelling was an impending free agent, and joins Kroy Biermann and Thomas DeCoud as players that the Falcons have re-signed before the start of free agency next Tuesday, March 13.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Last summer, the Falcons re-signed Snelling to a one-year contract. Snelling split reps with Jacquizz Rodgers early in the season as the team’s third down running back. But when fullback Ovie Mughelli was put on injured reserve, he gained more playing time as a part-time lead blocker, sharing time with Mike Cox. In the past, Snelling has proven himself a valuable replacement starter at tailback. He had his best season in 2009, where he rushed for over 600 yards and 4 touchdowns, most of which came in the final 6 games due to the injury to starter Michael Turner. This past year, Snelling had 44 carries for 151 yards, along with 26 receptions. His ability to help out as a runner, receiver, blocker, as well as on special teams (30 tackles in five seasons) makes him an extremely valuable role player. Snelling was originally a seventh round pick for the team in 2007.