Falcons sign veteran inside linebacker to one-year deal

FLOWER BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons are adding depth and experience to their defensive line. Veteran Nick Kwiatkoski signed a one-year contract, the team announced Monday, bringing in a solid tackle and solid interior presence.

He joins the Falcons entering his seventh season, after four years in Chicago and the last two in Las Vegas. Kwiatkoski (6-foot-4, 242 pounds) was the regular starter for the Raiders in 2020, despite dealing with a hip injury during the season. He ended up on IR with an ankle injury later in the year.

The West Virginia product has been a solid backup throughout his career, filling in well whenever he’s called upon to play wide receiver. He primarily plays outside the football, although he can get behind the pass and is generally considered a good run defender.

His exact role with the Falcons has yet to be revealed, though he will join a position group with rookie Rashaan Evans, third-year pro Mykal Walker and second-round NFL Draft pick Troy Andersen and second-year player Dorian Etheridge. Veteran Deion Jones is now the team’s head coach.

Expect the Falcons to add a few more veterans to the roster, with free agency picking up a bit now that the NFL Draft is over and the remaining needs are evident.

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