Falcons: Brandon Copeland agrees to a one-year deal

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I talked about Copeland visiting with Atlanta yesterday, and it seems he has chosen the Falcons over the Giants for the 2021 season.

 

Contract details are unknown, but this signing is very similar to the Erik Harris signing. Copeland is a cheap body to rotate in at the SAM backer for a team without much to spend in free agency, like the Falcons. There’s a connection to the coaching staff with the Titans and Dean Pees, along with the Jets and Frank Bush. Copeland should fill in as a “see ball, get ball” type linebacker, which can provide some value. He may get some rotational snaps at EDGE, but I’m not a part of those conversations. From my profile on him:

Not every hire is going to be an elite player, and his versatility can play a role in Dean Pees’ defense.

Copeland wasn’t very good in coverage, but he was decent against the run and rushing the passer in six games before injuries ended his 2020 season. Copeland is only 29, and he has seven sacks in 66 career games. His 2018 season with the Jets was probably his peak; he was one of the better coverage linebackers in the league and made ten starts while notching five of his seven career sacks.

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