One of the best kick returners in the NFL has officially found a new home. Moments ago, Cordarrelle Patterson signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo is reporting that Patterson’s contract with the Falcons is a one-year, $3 million deal.
This is a really great contract for Atlanta because it’s adding another weapon to its roster without having to worry about long-term security.
Patterson, 30, has established himself as one of the most dangerous special teams players in the league. He’s been named an All-Pro four times in his career and has over 7,000 return yards.
Last season, Patterson had 35 kickoff returns for a league-leading 1,017 yards and a touchdown. His ability to just completely flip field position is a huge asset for whichever team he’s on.
The #Falcons have agreed to terms with WR/returner Cordarrelle Patterson on a one-year, $3 million deal, source says. The four-time All-Pro selection officially headed to Atlanta.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 15, 2021
While he’s primarily a kick returner, Patterson has proven that he can be productive in a limited role on offense.
During the 2020 season, Patterson had 21 receptions for 132 yards. He also had 64 carries for 232 yards and a touchdown.
It’ll be interesting to see if Falcons head coach Arthur Smith has a plan for Patterson on offense. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are going to command most defenses’ attention, so Patterson may have a few passes thrown his way this fall.
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