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Pollard Signed--Cooper Released


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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons today released tight end George Cooper and signed tight end Marcus Pollard.

Pollard, 6-3, 255 pounds, enters his 14th season in the NFL spending a majority of his career with the Indianapolis Colts. He has caught 349 career passes for 4,280 yards (12.3 avg.) and 40 touchdowns. Last season, Pollard competed in 14 games with Seattle and led all Seahawks tight ends with 28 receptions for 273 yards. He was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on April 23, 2008 before being released on August 20.

Pollard spent 10 seasons in Indianapolis (1995-2004) and played in all but six games for the Colts over a nine-year span from 1996-2004. He left Indianapolis following the 2004 campaign ranked second among the franchise’s tight ends with 263 career receptions, third with 3,391 receiving yards and third with 35 touchdowns. In 2001, Pollard set career highs in all receiving categories, which included 47 receptions, 739 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while starting every game for the first time in his career.

Cooper was originally signed by the Falcons as a free agent on June 22, 2007. He spent the entire 2007 season on the Falcons practice squad prior to being released after the conclusion of the year on June 10, 2008. Cooper was signed by Atlanta again on August 4, five days prior to the team’s first preseason game against Jacksonville.

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