Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that the Falcons have re-signed free agent passer Chris Redman. Wyche cites Redman’s agent Joby Branion, as the source of this news. Redman signed a two-year contract.
Redman started the final 4 games of the season for the Falcons. In 7 total appearances, he completed 59.7% of his 149 pass attempts for 1079 yards, 10 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 90.4. Redman joined the Falcons last spring after a three-year absence from the NFL.
UPDATE: NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal with Redman is worth $5 million, including $3 million in potential escalators.
Interim head coach Emmitt Thomas indicated this week that quarterback Chris Redman will remain the starter. Redman struggled last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completing 4 of 15 passes for 34 yards with 2 interceptions. If no changes are made between now and this weekend, Redman will start his third game for the Falcons against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Falcons also placed cornerback Lewis Sanders on injured reserve on Monday. Sanders suffered a partial tear of his pectoral muscle last weekend. To replace him on the roster, the team promoted cornerback Brent Grimes from the practice squad. Grimes was promoted to the roster earlier this season, but only lasted a few days before he was released and re-signed to the practice squad.
The Falcons named Chris Redman the starting quarterback today, making him the third quarterback to fill that position since the season started. He is expected to start Monday Night against the Saints. Redman began the year as the team’s No. 2, but was quickly passed by Byron Leftwich following his signing. Redman replaced Joey Harrington in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams and played well. He led the team on 2 scoring drives in their failed comeback.
It has yet to be determined whether Harrington or Leftwich will serve as the team’s No. 2 against the Saints.
The Falcons also made two roster moves on Thursday. To fill the void left by Todd Weiner when the team placed him on injured reserve a week ago, the team signed linebacker Travis Williams from their practice squad to the roster. Williams had spent several weeks earlier in the year on the roster, but was released in November when the team was forced to address depth at tight end. In 3 appearances, he recorded 3 tackles on special teams.
Leffew originally signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2006. He was released by the Bears at the end of the summer and was picked up by the Green Bay Packers on their practice squad. The Dallas Cowboys signed him off the Packers practice squad prior to Week 12, and he spent the next 3 weeks on their roster but inactive on gamedays. He was later cut by the Cowboys and finished the year on the Packers practice squad. He went to training camp with the Packers this past summer, but was released on September 1. Leffew was a four-year starter at left tackle while at Louisville. He joins ex-teammate Kurt Quarterman on the team’s practice squad. Renardo Foster, another ex-teammate is currently on injured reserve.