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Falcons land Brooks Reed, Justin Durant

Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn has a couple of new defensive pieces to play with in his first year in Atlanta.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons have struck deals with former Texans linebacker Brooks Reed and former Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant in the first minutes of free agency. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Reed has signed a five-year deal worth up to $22 million, although there’s no word on guaranteed money or any details of Durant’s deal as yet.

Reed, PFT’s No. 68 free agent this year, was a second-round pick in Houston in 2011 and spent most of his Texans tenure in the starting lineup. He had 41 tackles, three sacks and an interception for the Texans last season and the Falcons may be hoping he can find the same kind of pass rushing boost that Connor Barwin found when he left Houston for Philly last season.

Durant played in just six games for the Cowboys last year because of a torn bicep, recording 49 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in his limited appearances with Dallas. He’ll join Reed, Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu and Prince Shembo in the mix for roles for a Falcons team that’s losing Sean Weatherspoon to the Cardinals.