As the Falcons formally announce their agreement with the Cleveland Browns, Terry Fontenot releases a statement about the trade of Deion Jones.
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga - The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had traded inside linebacker Deion Jones to the Cleveland Browns. In addition, Atlanta will send Cleveland its 2024 seventh-round selection in exchange for Cleveland's 2024 sixth-round pick.
Jones was in his eighth season in Atlanta after being picked in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft out of LSU. Throughout his career, he has 650 total stops (428 solo), 40 tackles for loss, 11 interceptions, 8.5 sacks, and five defensive touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl honors once in 2018. He had not featured on the active roster this season since being placed on injured reserve on September 1.
Atlanta has five active inside linebackers: Troy Andersen, Rashaan Evans, Nick Kwiatkoski, Nathan Landman, and Mykal Walker.
Terry Fontenot, General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons, issued the following statement: "Every choice we make aims to better our company in the long run, and we feel today's agreement achieves exactly that. We are continuously analyzing the roster, looking at every position and how we can improve overall, which is a process that our entire football organization is focused on 365 days a year. We applaud Deion for his contributions over his seven seasons in Atlanta and wish him the best in his future endeavors."