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NFL: Falcons sign KR/WR Cordarrelle Patterson, S Duron Harmon

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The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a one-year deal with four-time All-Pro kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth a reported $3 million. The Falcons also signed safety Duron Harmon and released running back Ito Smith.

Patterson led the NFL in kick return yardage in his two seasons in Chicago (2019-20), earning the 30-year-old All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors both seasons. He also received All-Pro honors in 2013 and 2016 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Patterson has eight career kick returns for touchdowns, his long of 109 coming in his rookie season with Minnesota. He also has eight career rushing TDs and 10 career scores as a wide receiver.

Harmon, 30, started all 16 games last season for Detroit, his only season with the Lions. He has 19 career interceptions in 127 games (45 starts) for the New England Patriots (2013-19) and Lions.

Smith appeared in 35 games in his three years as a reserve RB. He rushed for 689 yards and six touchdowns and caught 55 passes for 314 yards out of the backfield. The Falcons selected Smith, now 25, in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.

–Field Level Media

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