Falcons Sign LB Deone Bucannon

The Falcons have signed free agent linebacker Deone Bucannon, the club announced today.

Bucannon, 27, will return to the NFC South after spending part of his 2019 season with the Buccaneers. The former first-round pick signed a one-year, $2.5MM deal with Tampa Bay last offeason, but only appeared in five games before being cut. Bucannon’s play contributed to his release, but the Bucs also enhanced their compensatory pick selections by parting ways with the veteran linebacker.

After leaving the Buccaneers, Bucannon latched on with the Giants. He appeared in nine games down the stretch, and although he played on just eight defensive snaps, he did contribute on special teams (78 snaps). All told, Bucannon has made 57 career starts since being selected 27th overall by the Cardinals in the 2014 draft.

Atlanta lost linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in free agency, leaving Foyesade Oluokun as the most likely option to start next to Deion Jones. Bucannon, with his experience and ability to play multiple roles, should compete with Oluokun for playing time.

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  1. JJB0811

    ‘Bucannon’s play contributed to his release, but the Bucs also enhanced their compensatory pick selections…..” And if they hire a black HC or GM, that pick will be even better!

      • JJB0811

        Jason Licht has been the GM since 2014 and not a single division title to his name. Going through 3 HC’s. Do you think he’s on good terms? And if/when the Brady experiment heads south, don’t you think new policies will be looked at for their next GM?

        • dynamite drop in monty

          No! You’re going straight to your bookie to pay him off so you can live and perform Pop’s heart transplant!

          • JJB0811

            I don’t gamble. But nice try. So you think TB firing a bad GM, then hiring, say Doug Williams; plenty of front office experience & roots in TB, to improve draft picks isn’t realistic? That’s just 1 name.

            I don’t make the policies, nor do I know why there aren’t more minorities in charge, like the NBA. But it is a major story and won’t go away. So, I’m on point, you’re not.

              • JJB0811

                Dodging your comments? From ‘stay on topic’ to ‘gambling’ to ‘stress’. Using your words, stay on point.

                My initial comment was satire of the new policy. But don’t think TB, or any other team, isn’t considering their hiring practices for better picks.

                If you follow the draft at all, you’ll read that all sports sights gave- at least, 80% of the franchises- A’s or B’s. That sells tickets, jerseys, and other merchandise. So by getting higher picks, the teams can sell more. Not that complicated.

                • dynamite drop in monty

                  I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull’s ass, but I’d rather take a butcher’s word for it.

                  • JJB0811

                    The T-bone doesn’t come from the ass, that’s the the rump & round cuts. Should known you’re a vegetarian.

                    • dynamite drop in monty

                      You, me, bar, beers, buzzed, wings, shots, drunk, waitresses hot, football Cornell/Hosfstra, slaughter, then quick nap at my place and then we hit the tizzown.

  2. mdunkel

    Just another horrible draft pick of Steve “ gimme another drink please” Keim.

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