Running back Jason Snelling is up for today’s edition of “Sign” or “Don’t’ sign.”
It’s our version of “Deal” or “No Deal” or “Buy” or “Sell.”
Here’s the Falcons list of free agents:
Justin Blalock, left guard, 4 years
Matt Bryant, kicker, 9 years
Tyson Clabo, right tackle, 6 years
Harvey Dahl, right guard, 4 years
Brent Grimes, cornerback, 3 years
Michael Koenen, punter, 6 years
Stephen Nicholas, linebacker, 4 years
Jerious Norwood, running back, 5 years
Michael Peterson, linebacker, 12 years
Jason Snelling, running back, 4 years
Eric Weems, wide receiver, 3 years
Snelling was a seventh round (244th overall) pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
With the backfield hit with injuries over the last two seasons, Snelling has stepped up.
In 2009, with Michael Turner missing half of the season, Snelling rushed for 613 yards on 142 carries and caught 30 passes for 259 yards.
In 2010, after Jerious Norwood went down in the second game of the season, Snelling finished third on the team with 44 receptions. He finished 627 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.
Snelling has made just three starts, but has played in 51 games over four seasons. Overall, he’s rushed for 1,042 yards on 257 carries (4.1 yards per carry) and scored seven rushing touchdowns.
Snelling has also caught 82 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns.
He is valuable for the Falcons because in addition to backing up Turner, he backs up Ovie Mughelli at fullback and is a special teamer.
Snelling is the ninth rated running back in free agency according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.
KIPER ON SNELLING: “Not the flashiest back around, all Snelling does is produce positive results. He’s a very reliable pass catcher and does a nice job with blitz pickup. His ability to see action at both running back and fullback further adds to his value.”
If a team views Snelling as a possible starter or as are a major contributor to a rotation, he could receive a lucrative offer that the Falcons may not want to match for a reserve.
So, sign or don’t sign.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog