View Full Version : Leftwich agrees to terms on two-year deal with Falcons

09-18-2007, 04:35 PM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on a two-year, $7 million contract with quarterback Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville starter, the NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

Schefter reports that the deal does not include a signing bonus, but does contain a $1.15 million option bonus in the second year. It calls for a $2.35 million base salary this season and a $2.5 million base next season with a $1 million escalator clause.

The Falcons were looking for immediate help at quarterback and apparently found it in Leftwich, the former first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joey Harrington, who took over as the starter when Michael Vick was suspended by the NFL, has lost his first two starts with Atlanta and the offense is averaging only 10 points.

Vick was suspended indefinitely last month following his guilty plea on a dogfighting charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10.

Leftwich was cut by Jacksonville in a surprise preseason move as the Jaguars chose David Garrard as their starter. Ankle and knee problems have prevented Leftwich, 27, from completing a full season. He missed 15 games the past two years.

Leftwich could join the Falcons as Harrington's backup and eventually compete for the starting job.

Harrington has been sacked 13 times, and coach Bobby Petrino said Monday the quarterback is holding the ball too long and showing a lack of confidence in his play.

"I think right now Joey is playing a little bit conservative, a little bit not to throw the interception," Petrino said. "Therefore it is causing him to hold the ball. He just needs to open it up more with confidence and play to go win the game."

Harrington was 12-for-20 passing for 200 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in a 13-7 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday.

Harrington's current backups are Chris Redman, who has not played in an NFL game since 2003, and Casey Bramlet, whose only professional experience came in Europe.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


09-18-2007, 05:05 PM
:rofl: I'm not sure he's the answer for Atlanta!!

09-18-2007, 05:20 PM
I wonder if he is a pet lover:dunno::scratch::stirpot:

09-18-2007, 06:12 PM
It's obvious Joey Harrington can't get the job done, so why not at this point. The Falcons have actually been able to move the ball between the 20's but they keep stalling out in the red zone. Leftwich is a big mobile guy and he's certainly no worse than their current QB.

09-18-2007, 06:54 PM
I dont think it is Joey Harrington, the Falcons suck period

09-19-2007, 12:50 AM
I dont think it is Joey Harrington, the Falcons suck period
I agree, the falcons need to chalk up this season as a rebuilding year.Keep harrington and let him develop and learn the offense. Joey is a young guy, and I think that he could be decent if any of the teams that he started on gave him a little more time, if next year he doesn't pan out then start slow *** leftwich:lol:

09-25-2007, 11:07 AM
Falcons are cooked