Falcons sign OL Mark Ortmann

Falcons sign Mark Ortmann on Monday.

Falcons sign Mark Ortmann on Monday.

FLOWERY BRANCH – A day after trading an offensive lineman, the Falcons signed lineman Mark Ortmann on Monday.

Ortmann, 6-foot-6, 284 pounds, played at Michigan where he played in 36 games and made 25 starts. He made 21 of his starts at left tackle. He also had starts at right tackle and left guard.

Ortmann, according to an AOL Fanhouse report, was caught on tape punching an Illinois player in the groin last season. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the Big Ten.

He was originally signed by Carolina on April 24 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was waived on June 17.

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33 comments Add your comment

Pepe

August 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

First and last…

Football Bat

August 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

Looks like a hoss. How about a receiver, dang it?

Marcus

August 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Interesting. is this Dimitroff’s 1st Big 10 signing?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Marcus, you beat me to it.

waynester

August 23rd, 2010
10:00 pm

DLed
Was the Ojinnaka trade prompted by needing someone with more PS eligibility like Ortmann that would be a little cheaper and have some time to groom him? I hate to say I’m not a big Michigan fan and have never seen the young fellow play but obviously the front office is looking back at a lot of guys they had already looked at in the draft and as UFA now being released by other teams. Any additional info is always appreciated…

I.MUS WRITE

August 23rd, 2010
10:05 pm

Ortmann the ball buster……….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 23rd, 2010
10:44 pm

waynester — I think it will pan out that this is a guy to help them get through the preseason. He didn’t even make it to the Panthers training camp. He was released after OTAs. The Ojinnaka trade was prompted by the play of the young draft picks, Reynolds, Johnson and Hawley. Valdez is really coming on, too.

Chucktown38

August 23rd, 2010
11:20 pm

I really hate to keep harping on the same old thing with the Falcons. It just seems to me if Ryan is as billed maybe there should be more big time WR’s. Roddy is great but he needs help more than Tony G and Harry D. Speed kills right.

Chucktown38

August 23rd, 2010
11:21 pm

By the way that is not an invite to hear anything about T.O. and\or Dez!

waynelaster

August 23rd, 2010
11:46 pm

He will make the practice squad. Why should we have payed a large sveterans salary for a third string OG. Ortman will be groomed into our system in about 2 tears grat sign.
I am guilty of doubting the Falcons WR’S TOO. I would rather go with the guys we have grinding it out in camp, signing another reciever really isnt fair, So lose or win I with you T. D. Go Falcons

waynelaster

August 23rd, 2010
11:47 pm

years sorry for the spelling error it is late lol

Reggie

August 24th, 2010
3:43 am

OK and this is news because? After i read the article the only thing i took away is be sure to wear a cup when this guy gets angry!

[...] Rookie free agent offensive lineman Mark Ortmann signed with the Atlanta Falcons. [...]

Mike from London

August 24th, 2010
8:46 am

D Led, Mike from London here, just wondered if there has been any news on Brandyn Harvey? He was getting rave reviews in practise but doesn’t appear to be getting too many snaps in the pre season games.

North FLA Falcon

August 24th, 2010
9:36 am

If he’s cut from the same cloth as Jake Long he will work out just fine. Face it, the Falcons are just not going to be a deep ball team this year. It’s going to be a lot of runs, tight end dumps, and short routes. Nice long drives. Go Birds. See ya in Jax if it ain’t raining.

D Money

August 24th, 2010
11:03 am

@Mike from London…I think what happened is that he put the pads on. Players can do wonders in just helmets and shorts. He’ll probably be on the practice squad.

POLOBOY

August 24th, 2010
11:21 am

HELL BE CUT BY END OF NEXT WEEK. GO FALCONS.

Brian Hunt

August 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

I hope he can add some mass. 284 is light for a NFL lineman. Sounds like he needs to spend another year in the weight room.

hiramsaint

August 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

lasted a whole 2 months in carolina!!!!!!!!!!! good pick-up!!!!!! way to make that depth chart way deeper!!!

Dan

August 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

Last time we had a LT out of Michigan it worked out pretty well….. Mike Kenn

old qb

August 24th, 2010
4:46 pm

Dled is right on. The young guards and tackles already in camp have potential and add immediate depth. Ojinnaka would have been third string, an unnecessary salary drain, suspended for game one and gives the Falcons an extra draft pick for next year with his departure. Ortmann offers another body for the pre-season and if he has any talent can be a project on the practice squad until he bulks up–at very little cost.

hiramsaint

August 24th, 2010
6:15 pm

yeah- thats what carolina must have seen in him–lol

GregKennesaw

August 24th, 2010
8:28 pm

Falcons aren’t going to put up with much, I know it isn’t the only reason he’s gone, but throwing the wife down the stairs didn’t help his case with management. even if she did deserve it. Are you paying attention Babs?

On another note: for everyone that wanted us to trade for Vincent Jackson, I heard today he may be looking at a 3 game suspension for his DUI’s

Spud Webb

August 24th, 2010
9:30 pm

GregKennesaw, he is suspended for 3 games (for the dui’s), VJ. So you’d have to fork out a lot of money, he wants an extension, then whatever the chargers want, 1st? or 2nd rounder?? Just doesn’t seem worth it to me, my opinion.
hiramsaint…you seem pretty p&ssed the falcons picked up a practice squad guy??

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 25th, 2010
12:15 am

Mike from London — He looked good running around in shorts. But doesn’t appear to have the separation gear in pads.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 25th, 2010
12:15 am

Dan — I don’t believe this kid is Mike Kenn, but who knows.

GHunt

August 25th, 2010
2:27 am

Brian Hunt,
you are correct , this kid needs to add about 30 pounds to his 284 if he hopes to play tackle for any NFL team. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he was injured or hurt while in the camp of other teams. There is hope for rookie lineman Washington, however, I feel Hawley and Valdez are a long ways away from making headway in the Falcons’ camp.

rekingball

August 25th, 2010
7:42 am

And how do you know this @2;27am

screg

August 25th, 2010
10:40 pm

pick up danario alexander if he’s still available!
and here’s whats happened to the explosive falcons offense from 2008: we signed Tony G. Mularkey changed the plays from medium to deep passes in 2008 to short to medium passes for a more chain moving offense which became less explosive. Ryan keys in to gonzales on too many plays. hopefully the return of douglas can bring back some spark.

WinderDawg

August 26th, 2010
7:17 am

Probably brought in as a project. NFL tackles need long arms to keep defenders off and quick foot work. Size helps but arm span helps the most at that position. We do need a deep threat to balance the field opposite RoddyW. But lets not just pick up someone who brings baggage! Work with what we have and see who might come available toward the end of camp.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 26th, 2010
10:05 am

D-Led – Too bad that you don’t believe this kid is a keeper. I was seriously hoping that he might be someone that could provide better pass protection for Ryan than the OL we currently have. They are find with opening gaps for Turner but are lacking with their pass protection skills. When you compare the amount of time that Ryan has to look down the field, as compared to Brees, Manning, even Flacco, the Falcons OL is subpar at best in pass protection.

waynester

August 27th, 2010
9:04 am

DLed
Mega-compliments on the Falcons’ personnel staff story. That’s precisely the type of information I love to read from the team’s beat reporter. The stuff about the Jerry bros. reunion and Who Biermann’s dating is mildly entertaining, but this story provides real insight into the thinking and operation of a critical part of the team’s operations. The headline-grabbing stuff is OK for the casual reader, but for die-hard fanatics–give us as much inner-workings-heavy-on- the- details info as your level of access will allow. I assure you, we’ll eat it up and beg for more. Personally, I’m still intrigued by the new athletic performance team–their philosophy, methodology and real examples of how they’re working with specific players on resolving their individual issues with weight, diet,flexibility, core work vs weight training, MMA results, etc, etc. Great work!

D-Bird

August 27th, 2010
12:14 pm

Don’t worry Falcons will never sign another wide out.