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Receiver Finneran re-signs with Falcons


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons today have agreed to terms on a contract extension with wide receiver Brian Finneran. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Since returning from knee injuries which sidelined the veteran receiver from 2006-07, Finneran has contributed with 32 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown in 26 games dating back to 2008. He has also been a third down target for quarterback Matt Ryan in the last two seasons as 21 of his 32 catches have gone for a new set of downs. Throughout his tenure in Atlanta, Finneran has been a steady performer on special teams.

In his career, Finneran has seen action in 112 games with 37 starts and has totaled 219 receptions for 2,927 yards (13.4 avg.) and 16 touchdowns. In 2005, he led the Falcons in receiving with 50 catches for 611 yards and in 2002, he contributed with a career-high 838 yards and six touchdowns.

Last season, Finneran was named the Falcons nominee for the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. An active member in the community, the Villanova graduate has participated in a wide variety of events ranging from children's hospital visits to serving as a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness.

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