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Falcons place tender on running back Brian Hill

Falcons running back Brian Hill (23). (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Falcons running back Brian Hill (23). (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

A day after cutting running back Devonta Freeman, the Falcons placed an original round tender on his backup last season, Brian Hill, on Tuesday.

Hill, 24, was a fifth round pick in the 2017 draft.

He rushed 78 times for 323 yards and touchdowns last season. He caught 10 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

If Hill is signed by another team, the Falcons would receive a fifth-round pick. The Falcons would have an option to match any offer.

After backup Ito Smith was lost to a neck/concussion injury last season, Hill was the primary backup.

The Falcons officially released Freeman on Tuesday.

On day two of the legal tampering period, here’s a look at where things stand with the Falcons’ potential unrestricted and restricted free agents:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS 

OFFENSE 

Kenjon Barner, running back
Matt Schaub, quarterback – Club picked up his option, according to his agent
Justin Hardy, wide receiver - Will not re-sign with team
Austin Hooper, tight end – Will be allowed to hit the market. Has agreed to terms with the Browns.  
Matt Simms, quarterback 
Keith Smith, fullback – Was re-signed to a three-year deal on Saturday, March 14
Wes Schweitzer, offensive guard/center – Will be allowed to hit the market. Set to sign with Washington
Ty Sambrailo, tackle - Released by the team on March 16
Devonta Freeman - Cut by the team on March 16

Luke Stocker, tight end - To be released pending a physical.

DEFENSE

Vic Beasley, defensive end/linebacker – Will not be re-signed . Will sign a one-year with the Titans. 
De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker – Will be allowed to hit the market 
Adrian Clayborn, defensive end 
Jack Crawford, defensive tackle
Johnathan Cyprien, safety
Tyeler Davison, defensive tackle - Agrees to three-year deal 
Ra'Shede Hageman, defensive tackle – Waived by the team on Jan. 13
Kemal Ishmael, safety/linebacker – Will not be re-signed by Falcons 
Steven Means, defensive end -- Re-signed to a one-year contract on March 9.
Sharrod Neasman, safety 
Jamar Taylor, cornerback 
John Wetzel, offensive lineman – Vested veteran contract terminated and then re-signed.
J.J. Wilcox, safety 
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, cornerback
Desmond Trufant - Released by team

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Matt Bosher, punter 
Ryan Allen, punter – Signed to a one-year contract extension for $945,000 on Feb. 18
Sam Irwin-Hill, punter – Signed to a one-year contract worth $510,000

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS 

OFFENSE

Brian Hill, running back -- original round tender

DEFENSE

Michael Bennett, defensive tackle

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Younghoe Koo, placekicker – Signed a one-year contract extension for $660,000 on Feb. 18.

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