A source confirmed to ESPN on Friday that former Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Russ Dupree is signing a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
Dupree, 30, played 430 strikeouts defensively for the Titans last season, recording 9 quarterback hits, 6 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 11 games. But injuries have slowed Dupree during his time at Tennessee, and he had seven sacks while playing in 22 games over two seasons.
Dupree’s addition is the latest in a string of casual moves for the Falcons’ defense, adding Atlanta cornerback Jeff Okuda in a deal with the Detroit Lions this week and sparking spots in free agency by signing safety Jesse Bates III, defensive linemen Calais Campbell and David Onimata, and linebacker Caden Ellis.
The Giants released Dupree in March in a move that saved them $9.35 million on their salary cap. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Titans in 2021 that included $35 million in guarantees.
Dupree played his first six seasons with the Steelers, who selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft, and he had 39.5 sacks, a career-high 65 hits, 231 tackles and 8 forced fumbles in 81 games.
WSB-TV in Atlanta first reported Dupree signing with the Falcons.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein and Toron Davenport contributed to this report.
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