9/23/18 - Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons defensive back Justin Bethel (28), Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith (25) and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (20) stretch during pregame activities. The Atlanta Falcons played the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept 23, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Ex-Falcon Justin Bethel signed two-year deal with the Ravens 

Former Falcons cornerback Justin Bethel, a three-time Pro Bowler as a special teams player, signed a two-year with the Ravens,  according to multiple reports. 

The team later announced the deal.

Bethel led the Falcons in special teams tackles with 12 last season. 

Bethel, who was a sixth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012 out of Presbyterian, made it to the Pro Bowl from 2013-15. 

 Bethel, 28, is listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds. He’s played in 110 games with 14 starts. 

He did not play a snap from scrimmage last season.

Here’s our updated Falcons’ free agency tracker:

New players

James Carpenter, guard: Agreed to terms on a four-year, $21 million deal. He received an $875,000 roster bonus.

Jamon Brown, guard: Agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million contract, which included a $1.8 million signing bonus. 

Luke Stocker, tight end. Agreed to a two-year contract. He played with Tampa Bay in Dirk Koetter’s system. He’s a blocking tight end. 

Kenjon Barner, returner. Agreed to a one-year contract. He was the player who got popped by punter Matt Bosher last season in the Carolina game. 


Matt Schaub, quarterback: Signed a two-year, $3.78 million contract extension March 12. 

Schaub received a $750,000 signing bonus and has a base salary of $1.03 million for 2019. His salary-cap number is $1.405 for 2019.

The team can exercise the option for 2020 that calls for a $2 million base salary with a salary-cap number of $2.375 million. 

Ty Sambrailo, right tackle/guard: He signed a three-year contract extension that’s worth $14.25 million over three years,  with escalator clauses that could push it up to $18 million , according to NFLPA documents. 

He received a $3 million signing bonus. The deal averages $4.75 million per year before the escalator clauses kick in for 2020 and 2021. A total of $6 million of the contract is guaranteed.

Bruce Carter, linebacker: Signed a one-year, $930,000 deal (cap number $645,000; cash value $930,000).

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, cornerback: Signed a one-year, $895,000 deal with a $90,000 signing bonus on Feb. 25. 

Steven Means, defensive end: Signed a one-year, $895,000 ($90,000 signing bonus; contract year 2019, cap number $735,000, cash value $895,000.


Ryan Schraeder, right tackle: Was released by the team Wednesday. By cutting Schraeder with a post-June 1 designation, the Falcons gained $6.45 million in salary-cap room and will have a $3.8 million hit on their dead money on the $188.2 million.

Brian Poole, cornerback: Signed a one-year $3.5 million deal with the Jets. He played in 47 games and made 21 starts over three seasons. He made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. Team reportedly wants to re-sign him if he doesn’t find a better deal. 

Brooks Reed, defensive end: Was cut and signed with Arizona. 

Robert Alford, cornerback: Was cut and signed with Arizona. 

Tevin Coleman, running back: Signed a two-year $10 million deal with the 49ers on Wednesday.

Marvin Hall, wide receiver (exclusive rights free agent): Was the main kickoff returner last season and has bid his farewell to the team on instagram. Signed with the Bears. 

Justin Bethel, cornerback: Led the team in special-teams tackles last season.  Signed a two-year contract with the Ravens.

On the open market

Matt Bryant, kicker: Team declined to exercise their option. He wants to keep playing at age 44. 

Andy Levitre, left guard: He wants to keep playing after missing most of the past two seasons with a pectoral injury. Was the opening day starter at left guard the past four seasons, but the team is moving on from him. 

Justin Hardy, wide receiver: Steady special-teams player, but is not a dangerous punt returner. 

Logan Paulsen, tight end: Blocking tight end. 

Ben Garland, right guard: Couldn’t get the job done at guard over the past two seasons. 

Zane Beadles, offensive guard: Signed as a veteran stopgap after Levitre and Fusco went down with injuries.  

Derrick Shelby, defensive end: Tried to play through a groin injury last season. Team released and re-signed him last season, but don’t want him back this time around.

Bruce Irvin, defensive end/linebacker: The former Seattle Seahawk took a hometown discount to play part of the season with the Falcons in 2018. 

Terrell McClain, defensive tackle: Was a place-holder after team couldn’t re-sign Dontari Poe. 

Kemal Ishmael, linebacker: A key special teamer. 

Joe Condo, long snapper: Was signed when Josh Harris was injured. 

Jordan Richards, safety: Ended up splitting the strong safeties duties with Sharrod Neasman last season. 

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