FLOWERY BRANCH — Former Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, who was released in a salary cap move, signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, accordng to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Mughelli, 32, missed most of last season after he suffered a right knee injury against Detroit in Week 7. The Falcons released him on May 8 after he was cleared to return to practice.
The Falcons needed salary cap space to sign cornerback Asante Samuel. Mughelli was scheduled to earn $3 million.
The Falcons drafted fullback Bradie Ewing in the fifth-round of the NFL draft. He’s competing with Mike Cox and Lee Meisner for the starting spot.
In St. Louis, Mughelli will compete against Brit Miller and undrafted rookie Todd Anderson for the fullback job.
Former Falcons executive Les Snead is the new general manager in St. Louis.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog