Patterson is signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Falcons, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The 30-year-old is best known for his work on kick returns but can also provide depth at running back or wide receiver. The Bears used him as a backup RB last season, with Patterson taking 64 carries for 232 yards (3.6 YPC) and catching 21 passes for 132 yards (6.3 YPR). He isn't exactly a natural in the backfield, but Patterson could be in the mix for backup work, especially if the Falcons don't bring in an early draft pick on a back. It's also possible he shifts back to a depth role at wide receiver.
Patterson doesn't seem likely to re-sign with Chicago, according to SI.com's Gene Chamberlain. Given their hefty salary commitments and unsettled QB situation, the Bears don't seem likely to spend significant money on a player who primarily makes an impact on special teams. Patterson did add backup RB work to his bag of tricks in 2020, but he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry and 6.3 per reception, while starter David Montgomery put up 4.3 YPC and 8.1 YPR. In any case, the Bears hope to have Tarik Cohen (knee) back in the mix next season, so Patterson won't necessarily get carries even if the team somehow manages to keep him around at a reasonable price. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Patterson rushed four times for 18 yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Patterson had just six touches over the final three games of the season, and on the year, he rushed 64 times for 232 yards and a touchdown while catching 21 passes for an additional 132 yards. After the Bears complete their playoff run, he's set to hit unrestricted free agency, and he'll likely remain a borderline fantasy option.
Patterson (knee) is listed as active heading into Sunday's game against the Packers. Given Sunday's injury report, the special-teams guru will remain without a regular-season absence for the seventh time in eight pro campaigns. He's enjoying yet another prolific season on returns, resulting in his second straight Pro Bowl nod. Patterson has also taken on a role as Chicago's No. 2 back, garnering 10-plus carries on two separate occasions since Week 10.
Patterson (knee) carries a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Packers after participating fully in Friday's practice. Patterson submitted full sessions Wednesday and Friday, but the versatile veteran still carries an injury tag into a vital Week 17 home game against Green Bay. Having just earned his second Pro Bowl nod in as many years, Patterson remains an elite special-teams contributor, compiling an NFL-high 964 kickoff return yards and one return touchdown in 2020. Patterson has also contributed 126 rushing yards and one rushing TD over 31 attempts the past seven weeks, as he continues to step in as the No. 2 back in the absence of Tarik Cohen (knee-ACL). Patterson hasn't missed a game all year, and he's only sat out one of a possible 127 regular-season contests since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2013.
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