Cornerback Saeed Lee and kicker Jeremy Shelley were signed by the Falcons on Monday.
Lee participated in the Falcons rookie minicamp as a tryout player and impressed the team. The Falcons made room for Lee by releasing Colorado State cornerback Momo Thomas, who was an undrafted rookie free agent signing.
Lee, 5-foot-11 and 160-pounds, played at Alabama State and had 34 tackles as a senior.
Shelley was the kicker for the back-to-back BCS national champion Alabama. He set a school record with 63 extra points and his 166 career extra points are the most in Alabama history.
Also, tight end Michael Palmer, who played the last three seasons with the Falcons recently signed with the New York Giants. Palmer, who went to Parkview High and Clemson, made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010. He played in 43 games and caught 21 passes.
Marvin Allen, formerly a national scout, recently left the team to become Kansas City’s director of college scouting.
Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora has quietly gone about his business this season. As things have imploded around him during a disastrous 3-10 season, Umenyiora has remained professional, a steady force on the field and in the locker room for his younger teammates to lean on.
It turns out that Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon’s hard tackle of Robert Griffin III last season started an injury-related decline that led to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan shutting down the quarterback this week … just in time for the Falcons.