Falcons make second splash, sign TE Logan Paulsen

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 24: Logan Paulsen (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 24: Logan Paulsen (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons’ front office hasn’t made any sexy moves this offseason, but they have shored up two positions in free agency so far.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that the team had agreed to terms with tight end Logan Paulsen.

The contract is a one-year deal for just over one million, as reported by Vaughn McClure.

Paulsen will replace Levine Toilolo, who the Falcons let walk in free agency. Toilolo served mostly as a blocking tight end in his time with Atlanta, and that’s what Paulsen brings to the table.

Paulsen, a seven-year veteran, spent last season with former Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.

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He spent most of the season as the third string tight end, and saw just over 13% of offensive snaps on the year. Paulsen has caught just three passes in the past two years, as he primarily blocks when he is on the field.

Earlier in his NFL career, Paulsen posted respectable receiving marks with the Washington Redskins. In his five years in Washington, Paulsen totalled 79 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns.

With Austin Hooper and Eric Saubert being the only tight ends currently on the roster, Paulsen should step in and play a similar role that Toilolo has played in past years.

Hooper will remain the number one tight end, while Saubert could challenge Paulsen for snaps in his second year. Saubert saw just 30 offensive snaps last year, but could see an increase in playing time in year two.

Alex Gray is currently listed on the “Reserve/Future” list by the team’s website. He could be a dark horse to make the 53-man roster

Of course, the depth chart could shake up after the draft, depending on the direction that the front office goes in the draft. Tight end and guard were two of the bigger question marks on the roster, and the front office has addressed both of these needs.

Next: Free Agent Fits for the Falcons

Expect Thomas Dimitroff to target defensive line and cornerback early in the draft. The Paulsen signing almost certainly rules out the Falcons selecting a tight end early in the draft.