Falcons sign OL to reserve/futures deal

Jan. 9, 2022 - Atlanta, Ga: Atlanta Falcons helmets are shown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Atlanta. The Falcons lost to the Saints 30-20. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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Jan. 9, 2022 - Atlanta, Ga: Atlanta Falcons helmets are shown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Atlanta. The Falcons lost to the Saints 30-20. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Rashaad Coward, a converted defensive tackle who’s 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds, was signed as a guard to a reserve/futures contract, by the Falcons on Monday.

Coward, 27, who played defensive tackle at Old Dominion, has been with Jacksonville, Chicago and Pittsburgh. He’s played in 34 NFL games and made 15 starts. He played in just four games for the Steelers last season.

The Falcons have now signed 21 players to reserve/futures contracts since their regular-season finale Jan. 9.

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