Matthews was signed by the Falcons on Wednesday. The Falcons had an open roster spot for Matthews after releasing veteran safety Dashon Goldson, who had been plagued by a hamstring issue. Matthews was a member of the team during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 season but recorded a combined 25 total tackles in 32 games.
Matthews was released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times reports. With the 53-man roster deadline approaching, Tampa Bay viewed Matthews as somewhat expendable due to the team's depth at nose tackle. Matthews last played in 2014 when he was a member of the Falcons.
The Falcons re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews, the team announced on Tuesday. DiMarco was an exclusive-rights free agent, and Matthews was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. DiMarco had 17 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the Falcons. Matthews has appeared in 32 games, mainly on special teams, in four years with the team. The Falcons also brought in WR Nick Williams, a former Redskin.
Falcons quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Robert Alford, linebacker Tyler Starr, tackle Jonathan Scott, tackle Cameron Bradfield, linebacker James Anderson and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews were all ruled inactive Week 12 vs. Cleveland.
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 11 against the Panthers: QB Sean Renfree, WR Freddie Martino, CB Javier Arenas, LB Tyler Starr, T Jonathan Scott, T Cameron Bradfield and DT Cliff Matthews.