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Falcons announce special teams moves



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. --The Atlanta Falcons today signed kicker Matt Bryant and long snapper Joe Zelenka and released kicker Jason Elam and long snapper Bryan Pittman.

Bryant, 5-9, 200-pounds, has competed in seven NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2002-03), Indianapolis Colts/Miami Dolphins (2004) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08). In 94 career games, the Baylor graduate has converted 138 of 168 field goals and 181 of 185 PATs for 595 career points. Bryant also connected on the second-longest game-winning field goal in NFL history with a 62-yarder against Philadelphia in 2006 while he was a member of the Buccaneers.

In just four seasons with Tampa Bay, Bryant amassed a .831 field goal percentage (98 of 118 field goals), ranking him as the most accurate kicker in Tampa Bay history. He owns three of the top five single season field goal percentage marks in team history (2005, 2007-08) and ranks third in club annals with 98 field goals made. Bryant has earned NFC Player of the Week honors four times in his career (twice with Tampa Bay and twice with the New York Giants) and Player of the Month accolades once.

Zelenka, 6-3, 260 pounds, is an 11-year veteran who has spent the majority of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2001-08). As one of the most experienced long snappers in the NFL, the Wake Forest graduate took over long snapping duties for the Jaguars in 2001 and set a team record with 128 consecutive games played. In 2006, Jacksonville witnessed one of its best statistical kicking seasons as Josh Scobee converted 26 of 32 field goals and all 41 extra points.

Elam was signed by the Falcons as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2008. Over his 17-year career, he has totaled 1,983 points. Elam was also part of Denver's Super Bowl XXVII championship team.

Pittman was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on November 5 and spent six seasons with the Houston Texans (2003-08) prior to being inked by Atlanta.

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