The Atlanta Falcons already made one move in free agency on Thursday, and not it looks like they’ve added some competition to the tackle position with the signing of former Denver Broncos starter and Chicago Bears reserve Elijah Wilkinson.
Michael Rothstein had the report on Twitter.
“Offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson announced he’s signing with the Falcons on Instagram,” wrote Rothstein.
Wilkinson (27) is a 6’6 and 320 pound offensive tackle who started 26 games in four seasons with the Denver Broncos. He also saw time at guard, making him the ideal replacement for the role Matt Gono was supposed to fill for the Falcons before getting hurt.
Wilkinson saw action in 13 games with the Bears last season including one start. He played collegiately at UMASS before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in 2017.
He can push both Kaleb McGary at right tackle and Jalen Mayfield at left guard for starting positions while providing a veteran backup presence.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Wilkinson played on a one-year deal worth $1.1 million last season with the Bears.
The Falcons also announced they had signed safety Teez Tabor on Thursday as well. Tabor, a 6’0 and 190 corner also played with the Bears in 2021. He had eight tackles in six games with Chicago.
Originally a second-round pick out of Florida by the Detroit Lions in 2017, Tabor started just five games in two seasons for Detroit.