Backup QB Chris Redman re-signs with Falcons

With his injured right foot in a padded brace Matt Ryan looks on as quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave confers with Chris Redman on the sidelines during 2nd half action against the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Curtis Compton

With his injured right foot in a padded brace Matt Ryan looks on as quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave confers with Chris Redman on the sidelines during 2nd half action against the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Curtis Compton

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.

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March 5th, 2010
9:59 am


March 5th, 2010
10:00 am

Any word on the CB or we looking at any DE


March 5th, 2010
10:00 am

Good move…..Dimitroff is once again showing why he is one of the best GM’s in the game.


March 5th, 2010
10:04 am

Good deal! Glad to hear that


March 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Don’t really like the move. Redman has demonstrated that he is a merely adequate backup. Falcons should not skimp on a backup QB. When Ryan went down last year, the O was horrific.


March 5th, 2010
10:14 am

A fiscally sound move, Redman has proven an adequate backup QB and with a complete team around him could win many games. Sorry Chris, hope we don’t need you.


March 5th, 2010
10:20 am

Great move by the Falcons, with Redman and Parker-Wilson the Falcons have very stable/reliable set of backups.


March 5th, 2010
10:21 am

This really surprises me. I expected to see Redman as the starting quarterback for one of the more desperate clubs next season…

Good news, I think. Anyone better than Redman would be too expensive to keep as a backup.

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 5th, 2010
10:21 am

Great move! TD (& Company) making all the right moves, thus far. Still, its too quiet around the NFL. I was expecting more “We interrupt this program to bring you the special announcement!” this morning. Where is all the hoopla?


March 5th, 2010
10:21 am

DCbravosfan — Redman threw for 300+ and almost led us to win vs the Saints. Yeah he was bad against Philly but the entire team didn’t show up that day. Redman is a solid backup.

DC from Conyers

March 5th, 2010
10:23 am

Stability is needed at this position. Good roll model to teach #3 very adaquate at the position. Glad to have him.


March 5th, 2010
10:26 am

We’d have been better picking up Jake Delhomme as a backup or Chad Pennington. Chris Redman is unreliable and John Parker is un-tested. Byron Leftwich is a better back-up.


March 5th, 2010
10:27 am

It’s a wise move in that he knows the offense and there just aren’t any QB’s on the market that would fit. I do believe we need to pick up another developmental QB in the late rounds:
Max Hall BYU 6′1 209 4.84(40) 9″ handspan 67% completion rate 8.7 yards per attempt 33TD/14Int
Bill Stull Pittsburgh 6′3 215 4.95(40) 65% completion rate 8.2 yds/att 21TD/8Int
There are going to be some UDFA guys (like J P Wilson last year) that will be good fits for us too.
Redman has been a great insurance policy for Ryan but developing these young guys with our excellent QB coach could pay big dividends in future trades (Schaub).


March 5th, 2010
10:28 am

I dont think its a stellar move but I dont think its a bad one either. The guy knows the system and we could do worse. After all, Delhomme is a free agent now.LOL
@chc4 Yep, NO ONE showed up that day…one of the worst showings I’ve seen from the team.


March 5th, 2010
10:44 am

Good move. Hopefully we don’t have to see him play other than preseason

Art Vandelay

March 5th, 2010
10:46 am

DJ_Frisco — Delhomme will sign somewhere as a starter. Chad Pennington’s arm is pathetic. Byron Leftwich??? Be honest — have you even watched an NFL game in the past 3 years or so?


March 5th, 2010
10:47 am

Good move,Redman is a role-player who knows his place on the team and does a great job,a security blanket.


March 5th, 2010
10:53 am

Dont realy like this move

All I'm Saying Is...

March 5th, 2010
11:15 am

Whatever. Redman knows the offense, not a problem in the locker room in terms of voicing ambitions to start, and has had to step in and play before on short notice which he did it okay enough so ‘no brainer’ to sign the dude you know rather than entertain someone else. Do want to see John Parker Wilson at least push Redman this year as goodness knows Redman could do a better job even though his physical and mental upside is limited. Bunch of other retreads and never has’s out-there but again better to go with this so-so guy.

The real scoop is has Dunta Robinson been signed yet (have to trust TD on this one as I would draft Chris Cook of UVA as a big corner and focus on signing pass rusher though not necessarily KVB as Bradley suggests) and who else can we get to improve our D-Line and LB corps!



March 5th, 2010
11:21 am

I’m ok with it.He knows the offense.He was like a one legged man in an ass kickin’ contest last year.All our O was on the hurt list when they ran him out there for cryin’ out loud.


March 5th, 2010
11:22 am

@Art – Yes I watch NFL football all day long but Redman is NOT a reliable back-up if Ryan goes down injured again. We lost to the Saints majorly due to Redman’s lack of QB skills. I don’t feel comfortable with him as a back-up. Leftwich is a good QB who gets a bad rap. Delhomme & Pennington would both be good backup


March 5th, 2010
11:23 am

We were at the game in the pic where Ryan got hurt and Redman came in. I think this is a good move, I’ve liked all their offseason moves, so far. Only thing that puzzles me is the offer to Norwood who’s never lived up to his potential in my mind anyway. Glad we’re keeping Finn, Williams, Redman, need to resign Koenen. Hope we get that CB from Houston!!

George Bailey

March 5th, 2010
11:54 am

The best news out of this is they resigned Brian Williams. We’ll draft an OLB now for sure in the first round.

Dr. Warren

March 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

This is a solid move. Trying to find a higher-performing backup would have been tough, if not impossible. They probably would’ve had to look towards Delhomme or some other retread. Redman was solid against the Super Bowl champs and games in previous years.


March 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

I’m very glad to see Redman back with the team. He’s resilient and shows he into winning, which is good for a backup quarterback to portray to their team. I would like the Falcons to draft an offensive lineman early, either a center or tackle. We need someone to more consistently open up holes for Turner and Snelling inside (Norwood doesn’t run in there)


March 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

Finally – good proofing.

Arthur Blank

March 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

I would like to see my Falcoooons keep Brent Grimes, even as just a back up, the boy plays with heart and others should emulate.


March 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

@DJ_Frisco – sorry, I have to agree with Art. Maybe you were watching replays of football games from the 90’s.

“We lost to the Saints majorly due to Redman’s lack of QB skills.” WHAT? Did you pull that comment out of your $@%? I guess you think you know more than all the experts, commentators, players and coaches – they all thought he played great that game.

“Leftwich is a good QB who gets a bad rap.” – Seriously? Have you watched him lately? Also, he’s got a BAD attitude. No way he wants to be a back-up where there’s no chance he can win the starting job. For him it’s me-first or I cause trouble.

Pennington is a has-been and Delhomme needs a wheelchair.

Seriously, get up to date about what’s going on before you bleed at the mouth again.


March 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

Motivation wins ball games. Our coach need to light some fire underneath his teams ars for those “not to important games” games we play. Thats’ what good coaching does. Come on coach think!


March 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

I agree with DCbravosfan, TD should not have wasted time with Redman and should have tried to land Brady or E. Manning for the back up role. Those guys are way better than Redman and would be nice fill ins if Ryan goes down.


March 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

Thanks Haterade. There are better players they could have signed. Not sure Brady or Manning would be available but there are other top QBs that would be interested.

We could make a trade with the Raiders for Jamarcus Russell. He’s soon to be out in Oakland and he’d make a great #2 here. There are many others like that.


March 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Delhomme is now playing for the Peidmont Panthers a rec league team. i want nothing to do with Delhomme….Something just isnt right between his ears. I hope B Williams comes back healthy he played well in the secondary last year. Look for TD to pick up Cook hte uva CB 6′2 210 with speed and fluid hips …no homo

Duante Culpepper

March 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Ahhhhh! Helloooooooo! Anybody remember me? I need to move South and will play for less than that insurance salesman you guys just signed.

Steve C

March 5th, 2010
1:07 pm

DC Bravo Fan: “Don’t really like the move. Redman has demonstrated that he is a merely adequate backup. Falcons should not skimp on a backup QB. When Ryan went down last year, the O was horrific”

That is why backups are backups and starter are starters…if Redman was any more than adequate he would be starting elsewhere. Of course the offense was “horrific”, our starting QB and RB were hurt at the same time.


March 5th, 2010
1:35 pm

Redman was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in the final week of the wretched 2007 season. Holler at your boy.

No wonder north beat the south

March 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

Good move,Redman is a role-player who knows his place on the team and does a great job,a security blanket.Atlanta fans don’t know nothing about sports


March 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Who cares?! The NFL’s show biz caters to people’s addiction to instant visual gratification and an empty sense of victory. violence, nudity and money = American entertainment


March 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

Charlie Peprah?


March 5th, 2010
2:05 pm

@Dun, if you don’t care then stop blogging about it and reading pages about it! DUH.


March 5th, 2010
2:33 pm

Are you serious Chris Redman a “solid back up, a proven back up, a great move”.

The Falcons we not do much of anything because of lack of depth, look at the numbers, Matt ryan goes down, the offense did what? Nada, his win came against Tampa Bay, the Eagles was horrible should I say anymore? the drop from Ryan to Redman is undeniable, and Ryan has only Two years in the League, Redman 8, and he will never be as good as Ryan is right now. Why Have a player in a key position on the team that you know you can not win with? And it is about winning and being competitive right? We have had enough of good guys but not the right players, this team is notorious for bad decision no matter who is running the show, 1978-1980 The Falcons learn how to win what do they do, fire Leman Bennett bring in dan henning he dismantles the team, they never recover, he is fired and they bring who? Marion Campbell …again horrible choice, Jerry Glanville gave the team personality but he forgot to cover what he had been known for …defense the Falcons had a productive offense but the defense was horrific, to add poor selections Andre Bruce, Bruce Pickens, Marcus Cotton, and the ultimate trading Brett Favre, but who knew?

In comes Junes Jones, once again no defense…… Deion Sanders gone team has no identity.

The team turns to Dan Reeves, he instills discipline and the win come in two years, Super Bowl appearance, then bad decisions again, Tony Grazziani, not signing Tony Martin, lester Archambeau etc … the team had a mess of injuries but they kept fighting, Danny Kannel…what the hell was Reeves thinking? It was hard to watch, in comes Vick great first year gets hurt following season in preseason, Doug Johnson was erractic at best, defense was giving up big play after big play, Vick returns later in the year team wins 4 of the 5 remaining games, Reeves is fired in comes Jim Mora, his loyalty to that offensive coordinator (Greg Knapp) was his undoing and so was his decision not to hold his key players accountable Mike Vick namely!

I want Atlanta to win more than anything, I have been a fan since Bob Berry because Atlanta is home, unconditionally.

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March 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

@darrick – apparently you don’t get it. A back-up quarterback is a back-up FOR A REASON. You can’t get a #1 quarterback to be a back-up.

He’s the best back-up available to the Falcons and your trip down memory lane really serves no purpose except to confirm that you’re out of touch with reality. This is 2010.


March 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

Doc, so you are saying your back up is only there to back up? And you know you can’t win with palyer you should have him anyway? If that is the case you make my point, you should never have anyone on a team to fill a roster spot for that reason.

The best available? you are out of your mind and out of touch…go see a Doc!


March 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

Doc, forgot one other thing trip down memory lane serve this purpose …thee is a trand of bad decision by the organization regarless of whom is at the helm.

Earnest Big Dogg Perry

March 5th, 2010
4:33 pm

That byron leftnut idea was funny. The Jamarcus Russel idea was funny too, but he actually has potential. Redman has what it takes (IMO), but maybe it takes a little more time. Maybe he should do like Kerry Collins and start abusing alcohol until they need him. Im saying, I can’t really think of anybody else who needs to be put in the QB position cause that should not be the focus. There are waaaaay bigger gaps in the falcons team.

falcons rule

March 5th, 2010
5:14 pm

good move by a good GM. Redman stepped in well when Matt Ryan was injured and he does deserve this extension. Good start keep on signing good players like these. We need better defense. I know Dimitroff will solve our defensive problems too. GOOOOO FALCONS

Scott Case

March 5th, 2010
5:19 pm

WHY do we keep signing Brian Finneran? I’ve always liked him, but geez, what does he have 10 catches per year?

Jerry Glanville

March 5th, 2010
10:41 pm

Finneran =special teams stud/ locker room leader/10+TOUGH catches a year————-Gritz Blitz

Ravens Rule

March 6th, 2010
6:40 pm

Redman is not any good—even for a backup. The falcons could have done a lot better, even bringing in vick.