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Atlanta Falcons add Big Body in Former Packers / Bears DL

The Atlanta Falcons have added more depth to the interior defensive line on Sunday by signing former Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers player Abdullah Anderson.

Anderson continues the recent trend of Atlanta signing former Bears. Anderson was signed in part to replace Eddie Goldman who lasted roughly two weeks in Atlanta before deciding to retire.

Goldman was signed as a free agent previously from… Chicago.

The Falcons also lost defensive lineman Vincent Taylor to a season-ending achilles injury last week.


Listed at 6’3 and 297 pounds, Anderson might not project as the defensive anchor at nose guard in defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ 3-4, but he has enough size to fill in there while providing depth at either end.

Anderson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Bucknell by the Bears after the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent 2018 on the practice squad. He saw action in six games with the Bears in 2019 before bouncing around various practice squads including the Vikings, Steelers, and Titans.

Anderson was active for several games with the Packers in 2021 and had two tackles in three games.

He has one career sack in 10 appearances in the NFL across three season… or one more than Steven Means had for the Falcons in 14 starts at edge rusher in 2021 (sorry, that wasn’t nice.).

Anderson is the second former Packer to sign in the last week. Atlanta added Henry Black to provide depth at safety and possibly push for a starting position.

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