Falcons recent free agent signing Rashaan Evans has some high praise for DC Dean Pees

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The Falcons’ free agent signings have been directly correlated to the staff and front office’s past connections. Essentially, every single former Titans and Bears player has visited Atlanta in some capacity. One of those is Rashaan Evans, who signed a one-year deal with Atlanta last week.

A former first-round pick by Tennessee in 2018, Evans didn’t have his fifth-year option picked up by the Titans, resulting in the linebacker testing free agency for the first time in his career. Evans leaned on his connections in his decision-making process. The former 22nd overall pick started 50 games for the Titans over the last four years, including overlapping seasons with Dean Pees and Arthur Smith.

His best year came when Pees was defensive coordinator in 2019; Evans recorded 2.5 sacks and 111 tackles. However, Pees retired following that season, and Evans quickly fell out of favor. He only started 11 games in 2021, recording 57 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and two interceptions. 

Evans was seemingly brought in to replace Foye Oluokun as the defense’s MIKE, and on a very team-friendly deal, this seems like a win-win situation. Evans is a traditional physical linebacker and could use a change of scenery; I believe he will be a great value signing for the Falcons.

He seems to think the same as well. During a media session on Wednesday, Evans praised Dean Pees and his coaching abilities, citing it as the main reason he chose to come to Atlanta.

Photographer: Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire

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