Falcons Not in Hot Pursuit of Leftwich, At Least Not Yet

According to an NFL source, the Atlanta Falcons have demonstrated only moderate interest thus far in free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend.

The Falcons are short on quarterbacks, with Michael Vick on indefinite suspension and D.J. Shockley sidelined for the entire season by an injury. They have failed-so-far former first-round draft choice Joey Harrington as their starter and Chris Redman as their primary backup. Signing Leftwich would seem to be a no-brainer move. But, at least so far, Falcons officials aren't moving quickly or eagerly on it.

Another possibility for Leftwich could be the Baltimore Ravens, who were enamored with him coming out of college but ended up with Kyle Boller in the same draft. Now Boller is Steve McNair's backup on a team with realistic Super Bowl aspirations. The Ravens also have rookie Troy Smith on their roster. Boller has been a bust and is entering the final season of his contract. But he at least knows the offense and the stakes are high in Baltimore this season, so bringing in Leftwich might not work under the circumstances.

Another consideration for teams looking at signing available veteran players this week is that signing the player this week means that, in most cases, the player's salary will be guaranteed for the entire season by virtue of him being on the club's season-opening roster. That won't be the case if teams wait until next week to sign such players.

By Mark Maske |  September 3, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , Ravens
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Byron Leftwich may have to put any aspirations of being a starting QB on the backburner for quite some time. He of course has the arm to be starter as well as the heart, but in a league where defenders only seem to get faster every year his inability to move out of the pocket make him a liability to a team and to his injury prone body.

Posted by: Tim | September 3, 2007 3:31 PM

Leftwich is going to sign with Philly for the year. Philly's back up has a broken hand and everyone knows that McNabb goes down faster than a $2 hooker.

Posted by: Dest | September 3, 2007 5:01 PM

HoW pIsSeD iS bRuNnEl ThAt ThE jAgS dRrOpPed hIm fOr LeFtWiCh?

Posted by: Btown | September 3, 2007 6:09 PM

My god, they actually allow people to "tYpE lIkE tHiS" in here?

I'd say Brunnel probably doesn't care all that much considering how much the Redskins are currently overpaying a quarterback who should have retired 3 years ago.

I'm not comfortable at all with the Skins depth at QB right now. Either Collins or Brunnel need to go and be replaced by another young QB in case Campbell doesn't pan out.

Posted by: AlecW81 | September 3, 2007 6:32 PM

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