Falcons re-sign Brett Romberg, waive Rob Bruggeman

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed center Brett Romberg and waived

Brett Romberg

Brett Romberg

 center Rob Bruggeman on Monday.

Romberg, 6-2, 293 pounds was originally signed as a college free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 29, 2003. He spent four seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent in 2006. The Windsor, Ontario native was signed as a free agent by the Falcons in 2009 before being released prior to the start of the 2010 season. Romberg is a six-year NFL veteran who has seen action in 46 career games with 19 starts. He saw action in 10 contests with the Falcons in 2009 on special teams and as a reserve center and right guard.

Bruggeman, 6-4, 286 pounds, was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie free agent on May 1, 2009. After being waived by Tampa Bay, was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on September 7, 2009 and spent part of the season on the Atlanta practice squad. He also spent the entire 2010 season on the Falcons’ practice squad.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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31 comments Add your comment


September 13th, 2011
8:36 am

Guess they’re blaming this loss on Hawley.


September 13th, 2011
8:43 am

Can’t blame John Abraham! He was a beast Sunday!!

North FLA Falcon

September 13th, 2011
8:46 am

Good move. They need a good backup for McClure, who is getting older. I have always liked Romberg. He was a beast at “The U” back in the day.


September 13th, 2011
8:47 am

What about Ownes and DeCoud? UGH!


September 13th, 2011
8:56 am

What about Mularkey?


September 13th, 2011
9:19 am

Romberg has more experience playing center he’ll be more useful.

Bubba Bean

September 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Looks like the old falcons coached by The swamp fox, Marion Campbell. bend but don’t break defenes. bend right to end zone. BVG is running the defense he is told too run, The last game coach Smith was DC for Jacksonville Jags, AFC championship game against Brady, Brady was 26 for 28 with two drops.BVG was a falcon linebacker coach. MM is running offense Smiths tell him to run. The blame starts at head coach. I am not a
MM or BVG fan. I like to see a attack defense system. We have the players and not coaches. TD is getting players, now he needs to cut coaches as he did with Milloy and Booking, funny Booking is still playing.Falcons will look bad Sunday night against MV.They will be lucky to be 8-8 this season.TD needs to be looking for more QBs. With this line , Ryan will joint Peyton with a bad neck, Redman, JPW and the rest with this line, its a joke. They let the best lineman go Dahl. And it shows, Slowbo, is the worst lineman on line.


September 13th, 2011
9:40 am

I guess Sam Baker’s a stud then. Hardly?

Bubba Bean

September 13th, 2011
9:43 am

I don’t see a stud on line,

Bubba Bean

September 13th, 2011
9:49 am

no line, is the reason for dink and dunk offense, if they can’t run or get behind the game is over.Needed to draft lineman with JJ draft picks.No QB can pass with them, ever Tom Brady would look bad

Innocent Bystander

September 13th, 2011
9:57 am

“Guess they’re blaming this loss on Hawley.”

Actually, Mike Smith is on record as saying that Hawley had the best performance of any O-lineman against the Bears. That might not mean much since we were dominated in every facet of the game, but I’m fairly certain they aren’t blaming him for the loss.


September 13th, 2011
10:16 am

@Innocent Bystander – yeah, I heard that too. But then why make this move at Center the very next day? I was worried about the o-line going in to the game, and it appears those doubts were warranted.

Preston Thompson

September 13th, 2011
10:29 am

How much worse is this years line that last. The change has been right tackle and center. But what about the blocking of the backs? Some good and some bad. Plus the the D line of the Bears was just plain mean and the Falcons got run over.

William Andrews

September 13th, 2011
11:13 am

ESPN reporting that Obama blamed Bush and the Republicans for the Falcons loss. New “yard tax” being proposed to make sure the less fortunate teams get assistance. Once one team has more than 25% more yardage than the other team, that team is penalized 37% of their yardage and it goes to the other team on their next possession with a goal of fairness.


September 13th, 2011
11:36 am

William Andrews s an Idiot!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

September 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

William is right.

Dude, Really?

September 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

Yes, William Andrews “s” (is) an idiot! Politics don’t belong here Willy……… Go somewhere with that!

Jay Cool 4daBirds

September 13th, 2011
1:32 pm

Any line would look bad trying to go 5 wide against that pass rush in Chicago.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

Sam Baker is a huge liability on passing downs. He gets pushed into the backfield on almost every play.

Chris Owens??? Why is he still on the team???? Hopefully Kelvin Hayden and James Sanders will play Sunday night.



September 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

@Bubba Bean you hit the nail on the head now if someone would just hit Coach Smith on the head so he will get a clue about our Defense. I went back and reviewed all the games from last year and then this year and one thing is obvious! Our DB’s are taught and encouraged to spy into the backfield and that’s why receivers keep getting by them, their standing there looking in the backfield! from little league your taught in basic football to watch the receivers and not stand there looking at the QB. I think our coaches basic philosophy on teaching defensive techniques is WRONG!


September 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

Should have kept Harvey Dahl……….

Jimmy Crack

September 13th, 2011
3:34 pm

Mularkey = Drive Killer


September 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

Well hope he can play DB too, cuz we need some of that right now. Pronto


September 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

Everyone relax ok Matt will be fine next week we need Todd back to help our line and we HAVE to cut just cut not trade CUT chris owens ASAP he is God awful

Bubba Bean

September 13th, 2011
5:01 pm

Was Chris Owens the only person playing D? What about Spoon tackling? How about DeCoud? He looked like old Ralph Garr trying to catch a flyball.

Bubba Bean

September 13th, 2011
5:08 pm

Its is funny how New England can pick up a guard and play the whole game,and a tight end play, that has been on team less that a week. Falcon don’t have the safety and CB ready, they have them before last pre=season game. Boy NE must have alot better coaches than falcons!

Fluffy McNutter

September 13th, 2011
11:23 pm

Romberg has experience and can play both center and guard. He’s a better backup than a young guy with no experience who only plays one position. It’s pretty simple, folks.


September 14th, 2011
4:31 am

In the NFL you are only as good as your last game. Well, we have stunk up the place in our last 6 games.
Right now this team is not very good in any area.

Shirly Hemphill

September 14th, 2011
8:46 am

Brian Boigner needs to get Done-tay a proper pair of cleats instead of those rollerskates.

Dont know

September 14th, 2011
1:54 pm

Who the heck is Brian Boigner?


September 16th, 2011
3:18 am

@Fluffy McNutter You should check your facts before you say erroneous comments. Hawley started for 4 years at guard in college, he played number two to guard and center last season as a rookie and has played pre season games at guard and center. It’s pretty simple