Official list of Falcons’ free agents: Ward not tendered

Terron Ward of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a preseason game at Heinz Field on August 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Terron Ward of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a preseason game at Heinz Field on August 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Dependable backup running back Terron Ward, who was an exclusive rights free agent, was not tendered a qualifying offer and became a free agent on Wednesday, according to the NFL’s official list of 525 new free agents.

Ward, who made the Falcons as an undrafted rookie in 2015 out of Oregon State, played three seasons with the team. He played in 32 games as he backed up Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

He could have been the hero of the divisional playoff game if a shovel pass to him on third down had scored in a 15-10 loss to the Eagles. The Eagles were not fooled and foiled the play.

In a matter of months, he went from potential playoffs hero to being released.

The Falcons tried to replace him last season, but Brian Hill, a fifth-round pick out of Wyoming, couldn’t beat him out and was eventually released.

Also, safety Sharrod Neasman and wide receiver Nick Williams became free agents from the group of exclusive rights free agents.

Atlanta

Unrestricted Free Agents with four or more accrued seasons:

Clayborn, Adrian         DE      Iowa

Coleman, Derrick         RB      UCLA

Gabriel, Taylor               WR     Abilene Christian

Ishmael, Kemal              DB     Central Florida

Poe, Dontari                    DT      Memphis

Reynolds, LaRoy            LB      Virginia

Roberts, Andre               WR     Citadel

Rubin, Ahtyba                 DT      Iowa State

Tripp, Jordan                   LB      Montana

Upshaw, Courtney        DE      Alabama

Weatherspoon, Sean   LB       Missouri

Players with fewer than four accrued seasons who received no qualifying offer or minimum tender from their prior clubs:

Atlanta

Neasman, Sharrod        DB       Florida Atlantic

Ward, Terron                    RB       Oregon State

Williams, Nick                 WR       Connecticut