Falcons Sign Weems to Contract Extension

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed wide receiver to a contract extension.

Weems, 5-9, 195 pounds, was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a college free agent out of Bethune-Cookman following the 2007 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012. Following two seasons in Chicago, Weems was re-signed by the Falcons on August 21, 2014. In 101 career games, Weems has made seven starts while totaling 37 receptions for 342 yards with four touchdowns.

He has also recorded 131 kickoff returns for 3,184 yards with a 24.3 yard per return average, and one touchdown in addition to 78 punt returns for 815 yards, and one score. Weems set a franchise record for the longest kick return touchdown in Falcons history with a 102-yard return at Tampa Bay in 2010. He also set an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in postseason history with a 102 yard kickoff return touchdown against Green Bay a divisional round game in 2011. Weems was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in 2010.

Last season, Weems played in 15 games while catching 10 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He also played a key role on the Falcons coverage units, leading the team with 13 special teams tackles. Weems notched a team record six special teams tackles (according to STATS LLC.) in Atlanta's Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers. Since 1994, Weems is one of 11 players in the NFL to post six special teams tackles in a single game. He is the first player to accomplish that feat since RB Mike Tolbert in 2011.

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