(AP photo by Al Tielemans)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons announced Wednesday afternoon that they've agreed to terms on a one-year deal with safety Kemal Ishmael.
Ishmael was drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and he has become a versatile piece for the team's defense. Last season, Ishmael appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons, registering 22 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass defense.
In his career, Ishmael has recorded 210 tackles, 12 pass defenses, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one sack and one defensive touchdown. The Falcons have repeatedly stated they place a priority on re-signing their own players, who have great familiarity with coach Dan Quinn's scheme and the culture within the organization. Ishmael is another example of that approach being put into practice. Alongside re-signing their own former players, the Falcons have also added guard Brandon Fusco, tight end Logan Paulsen and cornerback Justin Bethel in free agency this year.