The Falcons do not plan to re-sign wide receiver Brian Finneran and cornerback Brian Williams, according to their agents.
Representatives from the team had conversations with agents Glenn Schwartzman and Jordan Feagan during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
However, the team did leave the door open for the players to return to the team once the labor situation is resolved.
“They know what he’s meant in their locker room, but they felt they wanted to give some of the younger receivers a chance to step up,” Schwartzman said.
Finneran, who turned 35 in January, has been with the Falcons since 2000. He played in all 17 games last season and made one start.
Over 11 seasons, he caught 236 passes for 3,072 yards and 19 touchdowns. He battled back from a severe knee injury that forced him to miss the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
He has been credited with helping with the development of All Pro wide receiver Roddy White.
Williams, who will turn 32 in July, was the team’s third cornerback for most of last season. He’s battled knee injuries over the last two seasons.
The team does not comment about personnel decisions.
However, in an exclusive interview with the AJC, head coach Mike Smith talked about the team creating more explosive plays on offense next season.
He also said that he expects wide receivers Harry Douglas, Kerry Meier and Eric Weems to have increased roles in the offense.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog