Shelby was cut by the Falcons in early March, but he now returns to the team on restructured terms. After recording 6.5 sacks and two interceptions between 2014 and 2015 with Miami, Shelby has tallied just one sack with zero forced turnovers during his first two years as a Falcon. The return of Shelby became a necessity with the team thinning out along the defensive line, having seen reigning team sack-leader Adrian Clayborn dart to New England in free agency.
Shelby had a free agent visit with the Seahawks on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After recording nine sacks in four seasons with the Dolphins, Shelby signed a four-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta in 2016 to compete for the role of starting defensive end. The acquisition proved to be non-lucrative for the team, as Shelby tore his Achilles midway through the regular season in 2016, and recorded just one sack in 18 regular season and postseason games during 2017. Now the Utah alum aims to find a seamless fit in free agency to revive his recently stagnant production.
Shelby was released by the Falcons on Friday, Vaughn McClure of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Shelby was entering the third year of the four-year, $18 million contract he signed in March of 2016. His release allowed the Falcons to save more than $3 million against this year's cap, but he remains a solid player at this stage in his career and could provide another team with quality depth to its pass rush.
Shelby recorded 30 tackles (16 solo) and one sack in 16 games this season.
Shelby averaged slightly under 25 defensive snaps per game this season as part of the Falcons' defensive line rotation. The 28-year-old is under contract through 2020 and will look to have an expanded role on the team next season.
|5||10/7/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|