Falcons' Newberry retires

When the Falcons signed veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry, they hoped he would add experienced depth to the offensive line. Newberry’s knees won’t allow it.

After signing with the Falcons in June, Newberry has retired, agent Doug Hendrickson said Tuesday.

“His knees just kind of gave out on him,” Hendrickson said. “He could barely walk, and he couldn’t give it a go. He figured it was time.”

Hendrickson said Newberry, an 11-year-veteran and two-time Pro Bowl lineman, has told the team of his decision and filed retirement papers with the league. In his career, played mostly with the San Francisco 49ers, Newberry has had extensive problems in both knees.

Newberry figured to be a proven backup for center Todd McClure and guards Harvey Dahl and Justin Blalock, all of whom started all 16 regular-season games last season.

However, unless the Falcons make a move before the start of training camp Aug. 1, their only backup interior lineman with starting experience will be center Brett Romberg, who signed in March as a free agent.