The Atlanta Falcons haven’t made much of a splash in this 2012 NFL Free Agency frenzy, but could have smoother sailing in the upcoming season with controversy and distractions swirling in the Big Easy.
The team announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to terms with center Todd McClure on a one-year contract, per Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com.
Selected in the seventh round out of LSU in the 1999 NFL Draft, McClure, 35, started a franchise-record 144 consecutive contests before missing three games with a knee injury last season.
However, in 13 starts in 2011, he helped quarterback Matt Ryan throw for a franchise-record 4,177 yards and also helped pave the way for running back Michael Turner, who posted over 1,300 yards on the ground for the second straight season.
The 6-1, 296-pound center is currently the longest-tenured player on the team and will return as the starter in 2012, albeit Atlanta could be searching for a long-term replacement for McClure in the near future.
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