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Report: Falcons inform Brian Poole he will become a free agent


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, a source has informed him that the Falcons have told cornerback Brian Poole that he will not be tendered by the team.


This means that Poole, 26, will become a free agent when the new league year begins on March 13. Poole signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2016, and he was one of four rookie defenders to play significant snaps in Super Bowl LI for Atlanta.

During his three seasons with the team, Poole recorded 195 tackles, 19 pass defenses, five sacks and four interceptions.

Minutes after Pro Football talk tweeted the news on Friday morning, Poole retweeted a similar report from his account and wrote, "Trust The Process!"

The Falcons have already made a number of moves this offseason, releasing cornerback Robert Alford and defensive end Brooks Reed as well as agreeing to one-year extensions with linebacker Bruce Carter and defensive end Steven Means. Atlanta has also informed kicker Matt Bryant that it will not pick up his team option for 2019.

Alford and Reed have already signed with the Arizona Cardinals, but Bryant and Poole are prohibited from speaking with other teams until their current 2018 contracts expire.

According to a tweet by ESPN's Vaughn McClure, a source has told him that the Falcons are open to bringing Poole back in 2019 but at a salary figure lower than what the tender number would be.

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