As I predicted, the Falcons have heavily pursed G Chris Chester, who was cut earlier this week by the Washington Redskins. It was reported earlier today that Chester had a workout lined up with Atlanta as well as the Philadelphia Eagles:
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 29, 2015
Looks like Atlanta liked what they saw, as they wasted no time in signing Chester, who can fill a huge void left at the Guard position for Atlanta. Vaughn McClure was the first to break the news:
Veteran guard Chris Chester is signing with the Falcons, I'm told.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 30, 2015
The Redskins had addressed the Guard position in the last couple Drafts, and felt they had the ammunition to go without Chester. Nevertheless, the former Raven and Redskin is a great schematic fit at a serious position of need for the Falcons. Mike Person has been taking first team reps, and he has never started an NFL game. Chester played under new Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the Redskins from 2011-13 and he is familiar with the Zone Blocking Scheme he plans to implement. He had a great year in pass blocking, but struggled a bit in run blocking. He rated out as Pro Football Focus’ 33rd best Guard in the NFL last season, which makes him around league average. League average is huge upgrade for the Falcons at this point in time. This is a great post-cut signing for the Falcons.
Update: Chester’s deal is for one year and worth $2.8 million.