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Jerious Norwood Won't Rejoin Atlanta Falcons, Says Agent

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reports Jerious Norwood's agent says the running back's time as a member of the Atlanta Falcons is done. This won't come as a surprise to anyone, especially considering the drafting of Jacquizz Rodgers, but hopefully we can avoid trumpeting the fact that we knew this was coming like that means it's not an important story.

Sports fans do that kind of thing sometimes, and it's the worst.

Because we're talking about a supremely talented athlete who was hit by injuries over and over, who gave his best years to the Falcons and who made some pretty big and memorable plays. Since he went down early in 2010 we've been waiting for this day, and here it is.

Norwood played five seasons in Atlanta as a running back and kick returner, posting 2,907 yards from scrimmage. The best example of what was missed out on over the years: Norwood averaged six yards per carry during the Bobby Petrino era, when for some reason an aging Warrick Dunn was the feature back. See? In absolutely any story on anything, you can find a reason to get mad at Bobby Petrino.


Name Pos. Age Status Word on the street


Brent Grimes CB 28 RFA


Brian Finneran WR 35 UFA Won't re-sign


Brian Williams CB 32 UFA Won't re-sign


Eric Weems KR 26 RFA


Harvey Dahl RG 30 UFA


Jason Snelling RB 27 UFA Rams target


Jerious Norwood HB 27 UFA Won't re-sign


Justin Blalock LG 27 UFA


Matt Bryant K 36 UFA


Michael Koenen P 29 UFA


Mike Peterson OLB 35 UFA


Stephen Nicholas OLB 28 UFA Falcons: 5-Yr, $17.5M


Thomas Johnson DT 30 UFA


Tyson Clabo RT 29 UFA Bills target


Approx. cap room, pending reported deals: $13-16M

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.