Woods, Valdez and Bush released by Falcons

Dan Klecko released by the Falcons.

Dan Klecko released by the Falcons.

Jose Valdez was in attendance at Kanoheda Elementary School in Lawrenceville as part of the Falcons First Down for Fitness Program and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Sept. 2009

Jose Valdez was in attendance at Kanoheda Elementary School in Lawrenceville as part of the Falcons First Down for Fitness Program and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Sept. 2009

UPDATE, Saturday 1:18 p.m.

Linebacker Bear Woods, offensive lineman  Jose Valdez and safety Rafael Bush were released Saturday by the Falcons, according to their agents.

Woods, who played at Troy, was vying for the backup middle linebacker spot. He led the team with five tackles and a sack in the preseason finale against Jacksonville.

Valdez started at left tackle for the Falcons against Jacksonville. He was originally signed by the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arkansas on April 27, 2009.

He was released last season before he was signed to the Falcons practice squad on September 6, 2009. He was on the practice squad for the entire season.

If Woods, Valdez and Bush clear waivers, they could end up on the team’s practice squad.

FRIDAY

– Safety Eric Brock and fullback Dan Klecko was released by the Falcons on Friday, according to their agents.

Brock was on the practice squad last season. He went on the active roster on Dec. 22, 2009 after safety Antoine Harris was placed on injured reserve.

Brock was waived on Feb. 9 and was re-signed August 17.

ESPN’S Adam Schefter tweeted earlier in the day that Klecko was released before his agent confirmed the move.

The Falcons would not confirm any moves and said the roster moves would be released on Saturday.

Here’s Schefter’s tweet: “Saints released DE Bobby McCray. Falcons cut fullback Dan Klecko.Jaguars will release running back Kolby Smith

090616 Atlanta -  Atlanta Falcons defensive back Eric Brock teaches 2-year-old Tayvion Mann, Atlanta, how to play the card game UNO as Falcons defensive backs give back to the community during a visit with patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes-Spalding, Tuesday, June 16, 2009.    Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

090616 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons defensive back Eric Brock teaches 2-year-old Tayvion Mann, Atlanta, how to play the card game UNO as Falcons defensive backs give back to the community during a visit with patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes-Spalding, Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

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Klecko, son of former New York Jets’ great Joe Klecko, was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Falcons in January.

Klecko was selected by New England in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He’s played with New England, Indianapolis and Philadelphia.

Check back here later for updates as the agents start to check in with the moves.

Here’s a look at the roster (the numbers are how many players were at the position at the end of the 2009 season):

Quarterbacks (3)

Locks: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson.

Running backs (5)

Locks: Jerious Norwood, Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli, Jason Snelling and Dimitri Nance.

Long shots: Antone Smith.

Wide receivers (5)

Locks: Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran and Eric Weems.

On the bubble: Troy Bergeron.

Long shots: Andy Strickland, Tim Buckley, Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe.

Injured reserve: Kerry Meier.

Tight ends (3)

Locks: Justin Peelle, Ketih Zinger and Tony Gonzalez.

Long shots: Michael Palmer and Robbie Agnone.

Offensive line (9)

Locks: Todd McClure, Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, Sam Baker, Tyson Clabo, Will Svitek, Garrett Reynolds, Joe Hawley, and Mike Johnson.

On the bubble: Brett Romberg.

Long shots: Rob Bruggeman and Blake Schlueter.

Defensive line (9)

Locks: Trey Lewis, John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury, Corey Peters, Chauncey Davis, Peria Jerry, Jonathan Babineaux, Jamaal Anderson.

On the bubble: Vance Walker.

Long shots: Emmanuel Stephens and Maurice Lucas.

Linebackers (6)

Locks: Curtis Lofton, Mike Peterson, Stephen Nicholas, Sean Weatherspoon, Coy Wire and Spencer Adkins.

Long shots: Robert James and Weston Johnson.

Defensive backs (8)

Locks: Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens, Dunta Robinson, William Moore, Dominique Franks, Erik Coleman, Shann Schillinger and Thomas DeCoud.

On the bubble: Brian Williams and Chevis Jackson.

Long shots: Dominique Daniels.

Specialists (4)

Locks: Matt Bryant, Michael Koenen and Joe Zelenka.

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67 comments Add your comment

waynester

September 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Too bad we didn’t have the roster space to keep Klecko around– he seems like a Falcon’s kinda guy….

yojimbot

September 3rd, 2010
3:35 pm

With a salary cap, why should there by a roster limit? If you can manage the cap, you should be able to keep whoever you can afford. Certainly, it would be silly to hold on to 15 dudes who will never see playing time, but it could afford you some pretty nice depth at corner when you play in a division with the Saints without having to mold your roster to combat just them.

Also, I finally understand how William Moore has managed to stay so high on the depth chart without ever playing. Wow.

kreedham

September 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

yojimbot….that’s why they have a practice squad!

GregKennesaw

September 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

they should cut blalock and keep valdez

David O. from Lawrenceville

September 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Dmirti Nance a lock? I would argue that Antone Smith has played better than Nance. I know Antone had a costly fumble last night but Nance fumbled against the Patriots. Smith has shown much more explosiveness. Nance had a couple very short TD’s runs in the first preseason game; however, it was Smith’s runs that got the Falcons to the goal line.

Arizona Retiree

September 3rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Trade Ryan Wolfe to the Arizona Cardinals for Matt Leinart, both teams win and Leinart gets a fair chance to compete. The same for Wolfe, this kid deserves a chance to play and the Falcons only see trade bait and practice squad because they think they are too deep at WR to give Wolfe more than a glance. Trade him to AZ and get a backup QB in the deal. The Cards need all the WRs they can sign to stay healthy with Anderson making the receivers streatch out if they want to catch those hot dogs with too much mustard on them. Anderson is way too emotional to control his touch on the ball and his receivers will pay the price with injuries. Leinart is a better fit for the #2 spot at the ATL than what is in the oven now. At least Leinart has had the experience of playing behind one of the the all time great QBs in NFL History. Kurt Warner has prepared Matt Leinart better than any coaching staff could have. While Ryan Wolfe will be a wasted commodity if he stays in Atlanta. A college great that warms the bench for guys with half the talent that he has. The Falcon coaches don’t know what they have, so trade him to a better situation for his talent to be utilized and get a quality backup QB in the trade for peanuts.

BravesFanSince1961

September 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

Some guys you see as ‘locks’ or ‘bubble’ guys are in reality easy to part with bodies that can be released if they find somebody they like better being released by another team. I think this year is Anderson’s make or break year. He plays poorly again and I can see him gone in a NY minute.

uga_b

September 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

I could not imagine any scenario resulting Matt Leinart coming here. Even if he was free. He is not better than the 3 QBs on the roster and doesn’t fit the organization. Also why would AZ trade for someone available off waivers…

SCfalconfan

September 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

I’d be shocked if Nance or Smith make the 53 man roster for Pittsburgh.

There are only 3 specialists, not four. I think Walker, Williams and Jackson make the roster from your “bubble” players.

drew

September 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

valdez looked really good last night. he looked better than baker. i dont think he got a false start penalty either. and tell me why we need leinart again. redman has done better than he will ever do. chevis jackson is terrible and needs to be traded or cut. antone smith is done for, he could not recover after he fumbled. he couldnt even come down with a kickoff after that. if bergeron pulled down that TD he would have for sure made the team, not so sure now. that was a perfectly thrown ball. and the TE palmer should be a lock after what i saw last night, goodbye zinger/peelle. other than that the D looked great until that smith fumble. the jags couldnt even get a 1st down until then. anderson moore and weatherspoon looked solid.

FSJR

September 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

I agree with your analysis except I would say Willaims and Jackson (CBs) are long shots. In fact if you had a category called “Out the Door” I would put them there. Williams looked as if he couldn’t carry himself on that knee very well and Jackson lacks speed, especially downfield.

ricky neal

September 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

from ricky is there a change that ryan wolf could be traded for matt leinart could it happen torrow afternoon please sendmebackemail.

ricky neal

September 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

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ricky neal

September 3rd, 2010
4:50 pm

from ricky neal is qb matt leinart come to the falcons for chris redmon

@SC Falcons Fan

September 3rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Agree 100%. Go with 4 RB’s and at least 5 corners on the roster, meaning Williams or Jackson is a lock. There are only 3 specialists, but I think they keep Romberg over Walker.

yojimbot

September 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

kreedham – Yeah, but people can be signed by other teams off your practice squad. Or before they’re even able to make it there for that matter. I think getting down to 60 wouldn’t even include too many hard choices. But roster spots 54 to 58 are probably pretty rough. Just something that never made sense to me in the salary-cap era.

Either way, moot point. I forgot that there was no salary cap this season. Heh.

mountain_jim

September 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

Palmer instead of Zinger (blocking is not everything – need a pass catching TE for Gonzo to mentor this year). If Palmer goes to PS, I bet he gets poached away. Too much goodness on film already.

Hope they can keep Valdez – you know ’short-arms’ Baker is going to get injured again and miss time.

Ted Striker

September 3rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Maybe I dreamed this, however didn’t Klecko play with the Eagles too?

Bird Dog

September 3rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Cut Chevis! Cut Chevis! Cut Chevis!!!

alanfalcon

September 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

The Falcons are in great shape from a QB standpoint, what other team in the NFL can match them man for man as a group.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

Ted Striker — Yes, he played for the Eagles in 2008.

Savannah Fan

September 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

Keep Bear on the team!!!!!

Falcandoit

September 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

DLed,

According to your list of locks, you have 52 locks currently. That means only one more spot can go to one of the “bubble” or “log shot” player. My guess is that it will go to Jose Valdez.

Nobody asked me but.....

September 3rd, 2010
5:44 pm

I think we should have kept DJ Shockley over Wilson….DJ can hold a clipboard better and has more athleticism……

GregKennesaw

September 3rd, 2010
5:47 pm

I agree, keep Valdez, but he’s a guard, so all of you saying keep him because of Baker, Baker’s a tackle, they already have his backup. I say keep valdez and dump “what’s the snap count again” Blalock. Play Johnson or Valdez in his spot. Blalock is the reason Ryan has to run for his life.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

September 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

I think Palmer made the team last night.

Chevis sealed his fate, he’s gone.

rainman

September 3rd, 2010
7:31 pm

I don’t think 8 is the correct number for the entire secondary.
The norm would probably be 4 safties and 5 corners – although some players (like Williams), can play either.
If Brian is healthy, I can’t see the Falcons cutting him in favor of Chevis. If they decided to go with 3 safties and a swing man – Shillinger would lose out. Jackson’s only other chance would be, if for some reason, they decided to carry 6 corners.

ryan

September 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

TJ Houshminzada is on the block or will be cut plus V Jack on his way out .

hmmmm..........

September 3rd, 2010
7:45 pm

Why is Jamaal Anderson a lock? He’s a total bust.

hmmmm..........

September 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm

GregKennesaw

September 3rd, 2010
8:02 pm

Atlanta – where people on this blog think old, washed up, overpaid WR’s go to die

GregKennesaw

September 3rd, 2010
8:03 pm

we don’t need TO or TJ or VJ.

There's an app 4 that

September 3rd, 2010
8:05 pm

Once T.J Houshmandzadeh is cut from Seattle, the Falcons need to sign him ASAP. Seattle will owe him whatever is left on his contract after the Falcons or any other team sign him for the league minimum, so there’s not much of an investment here for a decent wr upgrade.

There's an app 4 that

September 3rd, 2010
8:10 pm

GregKennesaw, look at his stats last year, a whole lot better than our second wr’s on our team….and that’s with playing the first 6 weeks with broken ribs and also under Greg Knapps dink and dunk 5yard route running offense, which he will be glad to leave.

BFALCON

September 3rd, 2010
8:39 pm

We need to sign a WR. The offense is to predictable, our # 2 WR puts no fear into the opposing team. I talked to a friend on mine who is close with some members of the saints and they say the Falcons are too predictable on offense and if you take away Roddy White and Tony G no other Wr is capable of making game changing plays. I tend to agree. We need TJ Houshminzada or we could have gotten Patrick Crayton for a 7th rd. pick.S.Diego stole him. Most 7th round picks do not even make the team. I think Dimitroff has made some good moves, but I think he may be passing over alot of talent because of character concerns. I know that plays a part, but this damn franchise is starving for a championshp calliber team. We need to get people in here to help win. No NFL team has never been given a super bowl trophy because of character, they are given the trophy because of talent!!! I am sick and tired of the Falcons being pretenders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ajc pariah

September 3rd, 2010
8:53 pm

Dredlocks, if you got ‘em, gimme a break MAN.Me, I’m impersonating an NFL player, I,m yanking, yes, I said,yanking your no not A##, but HEAD all over the field.Pouncey Flouncey wo Wancey,you crackin’ me up,DOL.

mcbubba

September 3rd, 2010
10:52 pm

Birds need to pounce on T.J. Whosyomomma fast!!

suwaneefalcon

September 3rd, 2010
11:07 pm

mcbubba is right. The guy would solve our #2 receiver need and maybe make White that much better.

drmondo

September 3rd, 2010
11:34 pm

Housh is definitely an interesting possibility. He’s an established possession receiver. Because of his contract clause, the Seahawks are on the hook for the difference between his old salary and whatever he gets now. I hope they at least seriously think about it.

Reggie

September 4th, 2010
6:54 am

alanfalcon

September 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

The Falcons are in great shape from a QB standpoint, what other team in the NFL can match them man for man as a group…………………………………………………….How bout all of them, boy i hope that post was suppose to be a joke.

theriddler

September 4th, 2010
7:56 am

Gotta go vertical in today’s NFL. Falcons lacking there. Non-contenders until they upgrade at WR. This is not an opinion, this is the facts jack.

Scott Anderson

September 4th, 2010
8:01 am

when players on on the bubble doesnt it mean they could make it on special teams ?

how do we stock the special teams kickoff tacklers and wedgebusters ?

I usually dont worry about it and just wait until the cuts come.

Would like them to keep Bear on special teams

NES

September 4th, 2010
8:13 am

Theriddler, thanks for telling it like it is! i have been saying this all preseason long that we need a bona-fide #2 WR, hopfully Jenkins can come back from injury and step up and have a big year for us. M.Ryan needs to throw more to him and get him involved with some quick throws early, Ryan tends to look for Roddy and Gonzo too much and thus defenses are keyed in on them, especially on Gonzo on 3rd down. Wolfe and Strickland should be given strong consideration for the last receiver spot, Bergeron and Harvey should be CUT after watching them against the Jags. Harvey looked like a high school player out on the field with his mistakes. Also, running back A.Smith needs to go and Nance also, neither has the size or can hold onto the ball for the NFL

Jacob P

September 4th, 2010
10:32 am

They was released? Really? AJC needs to fire you.

Eric

September 4th, 2010
10:33 am

I don’t understand the love affair the Falcons organization has with Brent Grimes he’s the starting cornerback for your Atlanta Falcons yet again. We play the Bengals this year, can you imagine what’s going to happen when he lines up in front of T.O. or Chad???Ouch!!! If Williams is still hurting, please go get another quality corner.

Howie Long

September 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

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September 4th, 2010
12:21 pm

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Howie Long

September 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

Falcons give us a reason to “Rise Up” get T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Howie Long

September 4th, 2010
12:30 pm

The football Gods have spoken cut that BUM Michael Jenkins and replace him with a top notch proven veteran WR in T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Cut Finneran also while you’re at it.

Nique

September 4th, 2010
12:48 pm

Yeah there’s no one on here that could give me a good reason why we shouldn’t go get T.J.! He’s a PROVEN VET, GOOD LOCKER ROOM GUY, NO CHARACTER ISSUES, & DEFINATELY A LAGIT # 2 if not a # 1! But what’s worse, if we don’t get him another NFC team will!!! Just imagine we refuse to get him & the Vikings go get him & have him as the piece that gets them to the SB bc Rice is out half the year & TJ steps in & they don’t miss a beat! Do we really want that??? Gil Brants prodiction actually could have a shot with this pick up!