FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga – The Falcons have made their first outside acquisition of the 2018 NFL free agency period, announcing that they've agreed to terms with former San Francisco 49ers guard Brandon Fusco on a 3-year deal.
Fusco started all 16 games for the 49ers last season at right guard, and the team averaged 3.9 yards per carry on runs behind him. Due to his experience in San Francisco with former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Fusco should have a strong grasp on the Falcons' run scheme.
Fusco, 29, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft; he has played in 83 games during his career with 80 starts. He has started every game he's played in since 2012. Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Fusco provides the Falcons with another veteran along the offensive line. With starting left guard Andy Levitre and starting right guard Wes Schweitzer back in the fold for next season, as well as the possible return of versatile offensive lineman Ben Garland, the Falcons now have a good variety of options to evaluate on the interior of the offensive line.