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Falcons sign free-agent CB, special teams standout Bethel

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have added depth at cornerback and a three-time Pro Bowl player on special teams by signing Justin Bethel, who played his first six seasons with Arizona.

The 27-year-old Bethel joins guard Brandon Fusco and tight end Logan Paulsen as Atlanta's top free-agent additions. The Falcons have focused on re-signing their own players while hoping to work out an extension for quarterback Matt Ryan, who can be a free agent after the 2018 season.

Bethel had a combined four interceptions the past three seasons with the Cardinals and returned three for touchdowns.

NFC South Division
xy-New Orleans 1150.688
x-Carolina 1150.688
x-Atlanta 1060.625
Tampa Bay 5110.313
Full Standings
Pass Yds: M. Ryan4095
Pass TDs: M. Ryan20
Rush Yds: D. Freeman865
Rush TDs: D. Freeman7
Rec Yds: J. Jones1444
Rec TDs: M. Sanu5
Int: D. Jones3
Sacks: A. Clayborn9.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5837 (8)
Passing Yards: 4146 (9)
Rushing Yards: 1847 (13)
Points per game: 22.1 (14)
Yards per game: 364.8 (8)
Touchdowns: 33 (20)
Field Goals: 34 (7)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5094 (9)
Passing Yards: 3725 (11)
Rushing Yards: 1665 (9)
Points per game: 19.7 (8)
Yards per game: 318.4 (9)
Touchdowns: 31 (7)
Field Goals: 28 (18)
Date Player Transactions
3/22 D. Shelby re-signed One-year contract (through 2018)
3/21 L. Paulsen signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
3/17 B. Garland re-signed/rest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
3/14 A. Clayborn Declared Free Agent
3/14 D. Coleman Declared Free Agent
3/14 T. Gabriel Declared Free Agent
3/14 K. Ishmael Declared Free Agent
3/14 D. Poe Declared Free Agent
3/14 L. Reynolds Declared Free Agent
3/14 A. Roberts Declared Free Agent
Date Player Status
1/2 A. Levitre triceps (IR)
12/31 A. Mack calf (Questionable)
12/31 L. Toilolo knee (Out)
12/24 A. Levitre triceps (Questionable)
12/18 T. Coleman concussion (Out)
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