FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons have signed kicker Matt Bryant to a three-year contract extension on Wednesday.
The new deal will keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Negotiations went pretty smooth. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff the deal was close last Thursday at the scouting combine.
The Falcons are not overly concerned about Bryant’s age. He’s set to turn 40 in May.
“Matt has some age in his leg, but again, Matt is one of those guys who takes care of his body,” Dimitroff said. “He’s fine-tuned as far as his flexibility and his hydration, because that’s another part of it. I’m not concerned about it as far as what we are looking to do. I think he’s still got years left in him.”
Bryant has been with the Falcons since 2009. He’s made 148 of 167 field goals attempts (88.6 percent), including 18 of 24 from 50 yards are longer. He has become the second-leading scorer in franchise history, with 666 points. He's 140 points shy of Morten Andersen’s club record of 806 points.
“I think Matt is a heck of a football player and kicker," Dimitroff said. "He’s done some really good things for us.”
The team also re-signed defensive end Cliff Matthews, fullback Pat DiMarco on Tuesday in addition to street free agent wide receiver Nick Williams.
Dimitroff said the team has also had discussions with the agents who represent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, defensive tackle Cory Peters and wide receiver Eric Weems.
Also, tight end Bear Pascoe will not return to the team, according to his agent.