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Courtney Upshaw Agrees to Sign with Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw walks on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Cleveland. Baltimore won 33-27. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2017

Linebacker Courtney Upshaw was with the Baltimore Ravens throughout his entire career, but he has found a new home.

The Atlanta Falcons announced they have agreed to terms with Upshaw. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport initially reported the news.

The Falcons weren't the only team that expressed interest in Upshaw. According to Peter Schrager of, Upshaw met with the New York Jets on Thursday.

Upshaw is a solid player, though he hasn't exactly put up eye-popping numbers since joining the league:

Courtney Upshaw's Career Stats
SeasonTeamCombined TacklesSacksForced FumblesFumble Recoveries
2012Baltimore Ravens601.522
2013Baltimore Ravens301.500
2014Baltimore Ravens42000
2015Baltimore Ravens51223

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller commented on Upshaw's early failure to live up to his potential:

Still, Upshaw's durability should not be overlooked in the physically grinding NFL. He played a full 16 games in each of his four seasons for the Ravens and is only 26 years old. While the linebacker hasn't turned into the superstar some envisioned when he was a second-round pick in 2012 out of Alabama, the Falcons can rely on his ability to remain on the field.

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus pointed to that as a strength when evaluating the linebacker: "Upshaw (54.7) has yet to develop as a pass-rusher since entering the league in 2012, but at the very least, he is a good run defender."

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