The Atlanta Falcons announced last week that they had cut defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, leaving a spot open on the 53-man roster.
Abdullah was re-signed on Monday, continuing his on-again, off-again contractual relationship with the Falcons, but his spot on the roster had yet to be filled.
Atlanta announced on Monday they filled the 53rd spot on the roster with Anthony Firkser who had been part of the Falcons’ practice squad. He was flexed from the practice squad and on the active roster for Sunday’s loss against the Saints, and now he’s a member of the 53.
His promotion opens a spot on the practice squad, so expect another move to be made in the near future.
Firkser spent four years with the Tennessee Titans before joining the Falcons this season. He played just three snaps against the Saints on Sunday. At 6’2 and 246 pounds, he was used mostly as a fullback for the Titans and will likely be flexed between tight end and fullback when as needed by the Falcons.
In other news, the reports emerged on Tuesday that the Falcons had restructured linebacker Deion Jones’ contract. The move frees up roughly $6.5 million for the salary cap this year, but it ups his 2023 dead-cap number from $5 million to $12 million according to OverTheCap.
The move seems counterintuitive to many of the moves the Falcons have made this year to maximize available cap space for 2023, indicating there may be more moves on the way.