On the bubble?
The Falcons announced 13 cuts that get the team down to 53 players on the roster. The players released were: Troy Bergeron, Thomas Brown, Mike Butterworth, Robert Ferguson, Robert James, Aaron Kelly, Maurice Lucas, Will Middleton, Jason Rader, D.J. Shockley, Jose Valdez, Vance Walker, and Jamie Winborn.
Shockley was a 2007 draft pick, while James and Brown were taken in the 2008 draft. Middleton and Walker were draft picks this past year.
Kelly, Lucas, and Valdez were undrafted rookie free agents this past year. Bergeron and Butterworth were free agent pickups last year. Ferguson, Rader, and Winborn were veteran pickups.
J. Michael Moore of AtlantaFalcons.com reports that officially free agent linebacker Jamie Winborn has been signed. It was originally reported by Scout.com on Thursday that the Falcons had signed him. But his agent indicated the following day that nothing had been worked out yet.
To free up a roster spot, the Falcons cut rookie linebacker Rashad Bobino.
Pro Football Talk.com reports that Jason Fletcher, the agent for linebacker Jamie Winborn, informed them that his client was still available today and had not signed with the Falcons. That contrasts a report from Scout.com yesterday that indicated the team had added Winborn.
There has been no official announcement of Winborn’s signing at the team’s official site. Falcons blogger J. Michael Moore did post about Scout.com’s report, but indicated that the Falcons had yet to confirm or deny the addition of Winborn. The Falcons have a spot still available on their 80-man roster following their waiving of cornerback David Irons earlier this week.
UPDATE: Scout.com reports that Winborn passed his physical, but no contract was signed due to some language that still needed to be “ironed out.”
Scout.com’s Adam Caplan reports that the Falcons have signed linebacker Jamie Winborn. Winborn played last year with the Denver Broncos, starting 11 games, recording 99 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and defended 11 passes, which was tied for the league-high among linebackers.
Winborn mostly played strongside linebacker for the Broncos last year as an injury replacement for Boss Bailey. The eight-year veteran has played multiple spots at linebacker. The Falcons mark Winborn’s fifth team since entering the league as a second round pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. The former Vanderbilt linebacker has been known for his speed and quickness throughout his career.
Winborn’s versatility means that he can potentially help out the Falcons depth at any linebacker position, but could also push third-year Stephen Nicholas who is expected to man the team’s strongside linebacker position.