UPDATED: Falcons re-sign Matthews, DiMarco and add a receiver

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons have signed defensive end Cliff Matthews and fullback Patrick DiMarco to multi-year contract extensions today, the team announced.

The Falcons also signed free agent wide receiver Nick Williams.

The terms of the deals were undisclosed.

Matthews, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round (230th overall) of the 2011 draft. In four seasons with the Falcons, the South Carolina product has appeared in 32 games, primarily on special teams.

Last season, Matthews played 116 snaps from scrimmage in seven games while totaling six tackles (four solo) on defense and adding three special teams tackles.

Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco (42) clears his way in the first half during the first half in their NFL football game on Thursday, September 18, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

DiMarco, 6-1, 240 pounds, was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina following the 2011 NFL Draft. He played with Kansas City in 2012 before being signed to the Falcons practice squad in 2013. In two seasons in Atlanta, DiMarco has played in 30 games with 14 starts while logging 17 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, he was used exclusively as a blocker and pass catcher. He played 214 snaps from scrimmage with no rushes. He caught nine passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Williams returns a punt against the Buccaneers during the exhibition season of 2013. (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Williams, 5-10, 184 pounds, was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Connecticut following the 2013 draft. He played in five games as a receiver and returner during his rookie campaign in 2013, while Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was with the Redskins.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.