Leftwich, Falcons Have a Deal

Quarterback Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville starter who was released by the Jaguars before the season, has agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, an NFL source said.

The deal is for two years and can pay Leftwich as much as $7 million, according to the source.

Leftwich is to be a backup to Joey Harrington initially but perhaps will be given a chance to win the starting job soon. The Falcons have only 10 points and have surrendered 13 sacks in two games, both losses, under Harrington, who was signed in the offseason to back up Michael Vick but became the starter because of Vick's legal problems. Harrington had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season-opening defeat to the Minnesota Vikings.

Leftwich met with Falcons officials, including owner Arthur Blank, on Monday night and underwent a physical for the team today.

By Mark Maske |  September 18, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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