to FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Simms.
Simms, 30, was last in the NFL as a member of the Falcons in 2017. A member of the practice squad in 2015 and 2016, Simms was injured during the 2017 preseason and was released by the team with an injury settlement.
During the 2016 and 2017 preseasons, Simms was a pretty heavy participant as the team's No. 3 quarterback. He completed 70 of his 116 passes for 966 yards with 2 touchdowns and three interceptions. Simms was most recently with the Alliance of American Football's Atlanta Legends earlier in 2019. As the team's starting quarterback entering the season, Simms completed 60 percent of his passes for 842 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games of action.
The move comes two days after Atlanta's first preseason game. Second-year quarterback Kurt Benkert left the game early in the fourth quarter after sustaining a toe injury. Prior to the injury, Benkert looked confident and sharp while leading the Falcons' offense to all 10 of their points.
Before joining the Falcons, Simms was with the Buffalo Bills briefly in 2015 and the New York Jets from 2012-14.