Falcons agree to terms with running back Jason Snelling

Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs into the end zone past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson for the first of two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.  (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs into the end zone past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson for the first of two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Running back Jason Snelling, who tested the free agency waters last season before returning to the Falcons, agreed to terms with the team on a three-year, $4 million contract Thursday.

Snelling, 5-11, 234 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft.

Last season, Snelling rushed for 151 yards on 44 carries. He also added 26 receptions for 179 yards and one touchdown.

In five seasons  with the Falcons,  Snelling has totaled 1,192 yards on 300 carries with seven touchdowns while adding 107 catches for 827 yards and five touchdowns.

Snelling is the fourth player the Falcons have re-signed or tagged in order to keep them from becoming free agents on Tuesday.

The Falcons placed the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes on Monday.

Starting free safety Thomas DeCoud signed a five-year, $21 million contract, tight end Michael Palmer and running back Antone Smith signed their exclusive rights contracts on Tuesday. On Wednesday, defensive end Kroy Biermann signed a three-year, $12 million contract.

Negotiations with defensive end John Abraham, the team’s sack leader, are in a holding pattern. Negotiations with middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, the team’s leading tackler, were termed “amicable,” but no deal has been reached.

Here are the rest of the Falcons’ prospective free agents: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, wide receiver Harry Douglas, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, tight end Reggie Kelly, center Todd McClure, linebacker Mike Peterson, quarterback Chris Redman, offensive guard/center Brett Romberg, wide receiver Eric Weems and long snapper Joe Zelenka.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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March 8th, 2012
8:30 pm

looks like ovie may be getting cut


March 8th, 2012
11:00 pm

Falcons relax @ 7:41pm – Turner is not a has been (but close), but is big money for a team with needs. He’s slow and not versitile. Last year he averaged 4.7 yds per run and catch. So did Snelling plus Snelling is more versitle. A good OC would have plays with both Quizz and Snelling in the backfield and create some problems for many teams. Not the same with Turner. Yes, Turner will probably be with us next year playing the same conservative football MS loves while the OC & DC take the blame. If (conservative) MS is in control we’re in trouble, If AB said let the new coordinators do their job and keep the players they like, we’ll be OK.
I hate for the 2nd year the Falcons crapped on Snelling. They did the same thing with Grimes last year and are paying top price for him this year when they might have signed a long term contract for less money.

We need OL & DL.


March 8th, 2012
11:08 pm

And, I am reading an athletic Snelling at 234 lbs and a slugish Turner at only 10 lbs. more. Price difference is about 4 mill.

Whopper Dawg

March 9th, 2012
12:12 am

I love Snelling, too bad they NEVER use him. That begs the question, why the resign unless you don’t have another backup to Turner you believer in.


March 9th, 2012
12:58 am

Turner is offically trade bait now or released for cap space help! It was good while it lasted while you were here Turner! Thanks for the goooooood times!

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March 9th, 2012
4:19 am

The Falcons are so far below the salary cap they can keep Turner and still sign Mario to a reasonable contract.

How about Carl Nicks? I’d love to see him on our O-Line.
That’d solve our 4th and short problems!


March 9th, 2012
4:42 am

This means ovie is going to be cut. They save 3 million by cutting him. Restructure ryan and turner’s deals then you have the money to get mario. I def. think they need to resign douglas and let weems walk.

DC Dirty Bird

March 9th, 2012
6:37 am

No need to restructure Turner. We still save on the cap by cutting him. We have to do whatever it takes to get Mario Williams. Spoon, WillyMo, and Super Mario could take this defense to another level.


March 9th, 2012
7:50 am

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March 9th, 2012
8:11 am

Michael Turner as a Falcon for 4 years:
1189 carriers for 5281 yards = 4.4 ypcarry
40 receptions for 329 yards = 8.2 ypcatch (10 per year)
Snelling in 2009 while getting a few starts:
142 carries for 613 yards = 4.3 ypcarry
30 receptions for 259 yards = 8.6 ypcatch

Cobra ASU RAM Falcon

March 9th, 2012
8:42 am

we need a pass rush and some tough and physical Offensive lineman thats not scared of nothing and will run through a Wall for Matt Ryan and Matt Ryan need to develop a better deep ball and needs to get in the weightroom and become a beast and work on his feet work


March 9th, 2012
8:57 am

Somebody correct me if I am wrong but wasn’t Turner the third ranked RB in the NFL last year????


March 9th, 2012
9:17 am

#10Fan4Life – Let me list the RB’s I’d rather have over Turner.

A. Peterson
A. Foster
M Jones-Drew
F. Gore
S. McCoy
A. Bradshaw
F. Davis
R. Rice
A healthy McFadden
M. Forte

So that put’s him at about 11 on my list and if C Johnson bounces back that puts him at 12.


March 9th, 2012
9:29 am

Let me add Snelling to that list and that makes him 13th.


March 9th, 2012
10:24 am

Gunner, The Falcons aren’t as below the cap as YOU think when you consider that they still have many free agents to sign dude. Getting ride of Turner would give the birds enough cap space to go after Car Nicks & Mario both. I personally dont think we need Mario for what he would cost! Sid & Matthews could get the job done.

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