The Atlanta Falcons continues a busy-opening week of free agency by signing former Cleveland Browns and New York Giants linebacker Tae Davis, according to a report from Ian Rapoport.
“The Falcons continue their free agency shopping spree on defense, adding linebacker Tae Davis, per his agents,” reported Rapoport.
Davis was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2018 out of UT-Chattanooga. He played in 14 games and started four as a rookie with the Giants before joining Cleveland in the middle of his second season.
He played two full seasons with the Browns mostly as a special teams player. He had just 25 snaps on defense compared with 402 with the Giants, but he had 429 snaps on special teams in Cleveland.
The Falcons made a similar move last season when they signed cornerback Mike Ford. Ford struggled in the secondary trying to make the Denver Broncos roster, but he turned into a special teams ace in Atlanta last season.
Atlanta also signed linebacker Kaden Elliss earlier this week, but Davis seems more like a depth, special teams possibility than to push Elliss, second-year pro Troy Andersen, or Mykal Walker for snaps on defense.