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NFL Workout Updates: 12/4/18

Here is the latest from the workout circuit. All links to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/14/18

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions, with the list being updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:

RFAs

Tendered at the second-round level ($2.914MM):

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Tendered:

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Falcons Sign Stevan Ridley, Cut A.J. Hawk

The Falcons announced that they have signed running backs Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley. To make room, Atlanta cut linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Mike Person. In a related move, the Falcons also signed running back Jhurell Pressley to the practice squad. Stevan Ridley (vertical)

The Lions signed Ridley this offseason with the idea that he would fulfill their “big back” role. Instead, Zach Zenner broke out in the summer and Ridley was cut loose in late August. Soon after, he was picked up by the Colts, but Indianapolis dropped him before the 75-man deadline. A former third-round pick, Ridley averaged 5.1 yards per carry in limited action during his rookie season in 2011, then exploded for 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. However, fumbling issues landed him on the bench in New England, and a devastating ACL/MCL injury limited him in both 2014 and 2015.

Now, the Falcons are hoping that Ridley can recapture some of his old magic. The veteran tailback, along with the newly-promoted Ward, will try to fill the gap while Tevin Coleman deals with a hamstring issue.

Hawk, 33 in January, was released by the Bengals early on this past offseason and found only mild interest on the free agent market. Hawk signed a one-year deal with the Falcons for the veteran’s minimum on Oct. 4, though that deal included a $15K signing bonus. The veteran appeared in only one game for Atlanta and he did not record an official statistic.

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Falcons To Re-Sign O’Brien Schofield

For months, O’Brien Schofield has been lobbying for a return to the Falcons. It took a while, but the veteran linebacker is on his way back to Atlanta, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets. It’s a one-year deal for the Falcons and Schofield, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. The Falcons have confirmed the deal via press release. To make room, the team has waived running back Terron Ward.

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Schofield will likely play SAM linebacker for the Falcons and help with the pass rush on occasion, McClure writes. The 29-year-old signed a one-year, $1.7MM deal with Atlanta last year and finished out the year with 28 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks, 13 quarterback hits, and one forced fumble.

The Falcons made Schofield an offer early on in the offseason, but he held out for more money. Schofield appears to have misjudged the market as the Falcons did not improve their offer and interest from other teams was mild to say the least. The Patriots met with Schofield in August and the Jets hosted him on a visit in September, but neither meeting led to a deal.

Schofield followed Dan Quinn to Atlanta last offseason when he signed a one-year, $1.7MM contract. He finished out the year with 28 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks, 13 quarterback hits, and one forced fumble.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/10/16

Here are today’s minor moves.

  • A sixth-round Colts pick in 2015, linebacker Amarlo Herrera could not stick on Indianapolis’ roster long. The team cut the second-year ‘backer midway through his second training camp and also waived/injured running back Abou Toure, Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral reports (on Twitter). Toure will revert to the Colts’ IR if unclaimed. Drafted out of Georgia, Herrera played in three games for the Colts last season. The move to cut Herrera served as a football-0nly move despite it coming before Indianapolis’ preseason debut, per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star (on Twitter).
  • The Broncos terminated former Browns first-rounder Phil Taylor from their IR, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Taylor signed with the defending champions before the start of free agency.
  • The Panthers cut Roderick Byers, a UDFA guard from Clemson, with a failure to disclose physical condition designation, Wilson tweets.
  • The Cowboys claimed offensive lineman Mike McQueen off waivers from the Chargers and cut wide receiver Ed Eagan, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports. San Diego initially signed McQueen, a rookie UDFA out of Ohio University who played mostly tackle for the Bobcats, after the draft.
  • The Rams signed defensive tackle Zach Colvin, a rookie free agent out of Bowling Green, Wilson reports (on Twitter).
  • The Bears placed Marquis Jackson on waivers after reaching an injury settlement, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets. He was placed on waivers.
  • Titans safety Josh Aubrey has retired, as Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com tweets. Aubrey, 25, appeared in games for Cleveland in 2013 and Houston in 2014.
  • The Lions signed free agent cornerback Rashaad Reynolds and waived/injured cornerback Ian Wells, as Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com tweets.
  • The Falcons have signed running back Cyrus Gray, a former sixth-round pick of Kansas City, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets. Gray will give Atlanta an extra RB as third-stringer Terron Ward is in a walking boot following a left ankle injury.
  • Defensive lineman Julien Obioha has cleared waivers and reverted to the Jets‘ IR, as Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets.

Falcons To Sign 19 Undrafted FAs

The Falcons announced today in a press release that they’ve agreed to terms with 19 undrafted free agents, the largest UDFA class yet among those that have been officially confirmed.

The full list of the newest additions to the Atlanta roster is below. Players whose signing bonuses have been reported are noted:

  • Derek Akunne, LB, North Texas ($2K bonus, per Vaughn McClure)
  • Chris Brown, DT, Tarleton State
  • Marquez Clark, WR, Central Oklahoma ($3.5K bonus, per McClure)
  • Cody Clay, OL, Azusa Pacific University
  • Terell Floyd, S, Louisville
  • Beau Gardner, TE, Northern Arizona
  • Warren Herring, DT, Wisconsin
  • Mike Lee, CB, Fort Valley State ($1K bonus, per Aaron Wilson)
  • Eric Lefeld, T, Cincinnati
  • Derrick Malone, LB, Oregon
  • Joey Mbu, DT, Houston ($5K bonus, per McClure)
  • Jordan Ozerities, CB, Central Florida ($1K bonus, per McClure)
  • Damian Parms, S, Florida Atlantic ($3K bonus, per Wilson)
  • Joshua Stangby, WR, Ottawa University ($1K, per McClure)
  • Robenson Therezie, S, Auburn
  • Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, C, New Mexico State ($3K bonus, per Wilson)
  • Terron Ward, RB, Oregon State
  • Kevin White, CB, Texas Christian
  • Shane Wynn, WR, Indiana ($2K, per McClure)