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Falcons agree to terms with James Carpenter


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with James Carpenter, a move that further solidifies an area many perceived as a top need.


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Carpenter plans on signing a four-year deal with Atlanta.

The 25th-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Carpenter spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. Carpenter, 29, started 39 of his 45 games for the Seahawks and often at left guard.

In 2015, Carpenter signed with the New York Jets, where he has been the full-time starting left guard during the past four seasons. Carpenter ended last season on injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery in November.

Carpenter, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, has proven to be a reliable starter during his NFL career, and he already has connections in Atlanta such as coach Dan Quinn and former college teammate Julio Jones. He joins an offense that has a new offensive coordinator in Dirk Koetter and was the No. 6 total offense in the NFL, despite averaging just 98.3 yards on the ground.

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with G James Carpenter who was 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and most recently played with the Jets.

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