Falcons agree to one-year deal with QB AJ McCarron

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FILE PHOTO: Dec 13, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Texans quarterback AJ McCarron (2) passes in the second half against Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

April 30, 2021

The Atlanta Falcons announced Friday that they agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent quarterback AJ McCarron.

Longtime starter Matt Ryan was the only quarterback on Atlanta’s roster prior to the deal with McCarron.

The 30-year-old McCarron has played in 17 NFL games (four starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-17), the then-Oakland Raiders (2018) and Houston Texans (2019-20).

McCarron, a fifth-round pick in 2014 by the Bengals, has passed for 1,173 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

McCarron was a college standout at Alabama and passed for 9,019 yards, 77 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He guided the Crimson Tide to two BCS national championships.

Atlanta figures to draft a quarterback at some point over the final six rounds of the three-day NFL draft. The first round was held Thursday and the next two rounds are Friday night.

–Field Level Media