NFC South: Tim Buckley

With veteran center Todd McClure expected to miss at least the season opener with a knee injury, the Atlanta Falcons just brought in some insurance on the offensive line.

Their plan still is to put second-year pro Joe Hawley in McClure’s place, but they added a backup with some experience. The team has signed center Brett Romberg. If the name sounds familiar to Atlanta fans, it should. Romberg appeared in 10 games for the Falcons in 2009, as a reserve center, guard and special-teams player. Romberg also was with the Falcons in 2008 and has spent six seasons in the NFL, including stints with Jacksonville and St. Louis. He’s appeared in 46 games with 19 starts.

In addition to signing Romberg, the Falcons made several other roster moves to get down to 80 players. They waived receiver Doug Beaumont, cornerback Kirk Belgrave, running back Phillip Sylvester, linebacker LaMarcus Thompson and linebacker Youri Yenga. The team also reached an injury settlement with receiver Tim Buckley.
The Atlanta Falcons just announced they have signed seven players to future contracts for the 2011 season. All seven spent at least some time on the practice squad during the 2010 season.

Those players are tight end Marquez Branson, center Rob Bruggeman, receiver Tim Buckley, receiver Brandyn Harvey, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens, receiver Andy Strickland and guard Jose Valdez. Buckley, Stephens, Strickland, Bruggeman and Valdez each spent the entire season on the practice squad.

Branson joined the practice squad in late October and Harvey was added in the last week of the regular season.

Atlanta Falcons set practice squad

September, 5, 2010
The Falcons just announced their eight-man practice squad and you’re going to recognize a lot of the names if you followed Atlanta through training camp and the preseason.

The list includes tight end Robbie Agnone, receiver Tim Buckley, running back Dimitri Nance, receiver Andy Strickland, offensive tackle Jose Valdez, safety Rafael Bush, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens and linebacker Bear Woods.

Buckley, Nance, Bush, Stephens and Wood all were signed as rookie free agents and were cut near the end of the preseason. Strickland spent part of last season on the practice squad and Agnone was signed by Atlanta just before camp started.