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Does this mean Norwood and Koenen signed their tenders or they are re-signed to longer deals?

And Radar retires. Now we do need a TE. Also, didn't see it posted, which is surprising since J. Mike usually posts his stuff.


By J. Michael Moore | Published: April 24, 2010

The Falcons announced roster moves Saturday after their last pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, re-signing running back Jerious Norwood and punter Michael Koenen and announcing the retirement of tight end Jason Rader.

Rader had several stints with the Falcons over the last two season, the last coming in December 2009. After being cut at the close of Russell Falcons Training Camp, the tight end re-joined the team on Dec. 8.

Rader, 6-foot-4, 263 pounds, had one catch for 26 yards in five games in 2008. Leading into his last stretch he had played in 10 career games (two starts) in Atlanta, New England and Miami.

He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2004.

Norwood was a third-round pick by the club in 2006 and has totaled 373 rushes for 1,987 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has more than 900 receiving yards and three scores.

One of the most explosive players on the roster, the running back also took snaps as the team’s “Wildcat” quarterback over the last two seasons.

Koenen has spent all six years of his career in Atlanta serving as the team’s punter and kickoff specialists. He’s recorded 366 punts for an average of 42.3 yards. Last season he was tied for second in the NFL with 28 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Both Koenen and Norwood were listed as restricted free agents.

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