Falcons Add M. Turner

The Atlanta Falcons just announced that they've agreed to a contract with tailback Michael Turner, an unrestricted free agent.

Turner served as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in San Diego but is believed by many league talent evaluators to be capable of being a top-tier runner as a starter. He'll get that chance in Atlanta.

Turner ran for 1,257 yards in four seasons with the Chargers, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. His best season came in 2006, when he ran for 502 yards.

His signing likely marks the end of Warrick Dunn's tenure as the Falcons' starting tailback. It's possible that Dunn could be released.

The Falcons targeted Turner at the outset of free agency and he arrived in Atlanta on Friday. Turner attended an Arena Football League game Saturday with Falcons General Manager Tom Dimitroff and Coach Mike Smith, and the two sides completed a contract agreement today.

The Falcons also agreed to a deal with tight end Ben Hartsock, an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans.

By Mark Maske |  March 2, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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