Falcons backup quarterback Chris Redman signed a two-year contract extension with the team late Thursday night, the team confirmed on Friday.
“I look forward to being back!,” Redman wrote in text to the AJC.
Before free agency started, the Falcons also reached contract extensions with cornerback Brian Williams and wide receiver Brian Finneran, which kept them from becoming unrestricted free agents.
The team did not reach deals with wide receiver Marty Booker, linebacker Tony Gilbert, running back Verron Haynes, running back Aaron Stecker and long snapper Joe Zelenka. They are now unrestricted free agents and can negotiate with all 32 teams.
Also, former Pro Bowl long snapper Mike Schneck retired.
Redman, an eight-year NFL veteran, has spent the last three seasons with the Falcons as the backup quarterback. In 23 career games (12 starts), he has completed 264 of 466 passes for 2,971 yards and 21 touchdowns with a 79.3 rating.
Redman joined the Falcons as a free agent in 2007 and competed in seven games while starting in four under coach Bobby Petrino.
He did not play a down in 2008, but was pressed into duty last season when starting quarterback Matt Ryan went down with a turf toe injury.
After replacing Ryan against Tampa Bay in Week 12, Redman tossed a game-winning touchdown pass to Roddy White with 23 seconds left in the game. He lost his next start to the Philadelphia Eagles, but had a big-time bounce back performance the following week in a defeat to New Orleans.
Redman was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and spent four seasons with the team before being released in 2003.
Also, the Falcons did not extend tender offers to defensive backs Jamaal Fudge, Charlie Peprah and Antoine Harris, who were restricted free agents and are now unrestricted.
The Falcons do not have to address cornerback Brent Grimes, an exclusive rights free agent, until April 15.