Falcons sign former Georgia Bulldogs TE to three-year deal


In the wake of the news of Kirk Cousins’ deal, the Falcons agreed to another free agent contract.

According to agent Alex Essex, Atlanta has inked a deal with former Georgia Bulldogs tight end Charlie Woerner; it’s a three-year pact worth $12 million, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.

The former 49ers tight end was a sixth-round pick in 2020, appearing in 65 games during his four NFL seasons with San Francisco.

He only recorded three receptions for 32 yards in 17 games this past season, and Woerner landed on injured reserve due to a high-ankle sprain. Over his career, the 26-year-old has caught 11 passes for 120 yards.

That’s not a lot of production, but the Falcons don’t need an uber-productive TE2, hence why they got rid of Jonnu Smith, saving themselves a ton of money against the cap.

Instead, Woerner will be expected to assume the role of a blocking tight end who can play at the Y and give Kyle Pitts more opportunities out wide or inside. Moreover, his role in the third phase of the game will be pronounced, playing at least 70 percent of the Niners’ special teams snaps in each of the past three years.

Atlanta’s tight ends room is comprised of Kyle Pitts, John FitzPatrick and Tucker Fisk. With three block-first tight ends, the Falcons are clearly building out the competition for that role. They certainly won’t need all four.

Photographer: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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