Atlanta Falcons sign OLB Justin Durant

Justin Durant was drafted in the 2nd round in 2007 and has quietly had a very solid career, grading out above average in 7 of the 8 seasons he’s been in the NFL. However, he’s averaged just 585 snaps per season, often playing as purely a two-down run stopper, a role he excels in. Over the past 2 seasons, he’s played just a combined 538 snaps (missing 16 of 32 games with injury) and he’s going into his age 30 season, coming off a torn biceps. Given that, the Falcons are overpaying a little bit with this 3-year, 10.8 million dollar deal, though only 3 million is guaranteed, but he could end up being worth it. I’m not sure he’s quite the every down linebacker they might ask him to be (either at outside linebacker or middle linebacker), but he’s showed a little bit in coverage over the past 2 seasons, grading out above average in both seasons in limited coverage snaps.

Grade: B

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