Alex Marvez of Fox Sports is reporting the Atlanta Falcons have told would-be free agents Brian Finneran and Brian Williams they will not be re-signed by the team. For Finneran this ends a nine-year career with the Falcons that began in 2000. He was an undrafted free agent out of Villanova and played briefly with the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europa before latching on with Atlanta. His best season was in the 2002 playoff campaign when he caught 56 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns. Finneran, who turned 35 in January, finished his Falcons career 12th on the reception list with 236 catches.
Williams was signed in 2009 after the Jacksonville Jaguars cut him loose prior to the season. He worked his way into the starting lineup at cornerback but lasted only five games before tearing his ACL. This past season, the acquisition of Dunta Robinson and emergence of Brent Grimes reduced Williams to a reserve role. He finished his Falcons career with one sack and one interception in 21 games played.