ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: Todd McClure #62 and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders wait to enter the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Details not available, but it appears this living Falcons legend is coming back for one more go-around.
That's right, Todd McClure has returned to the Falcons for his 14th season with the team. Though he's 35 years old, McClure remains an effective center and a veteran presence that would not have easily been replaced. It's likely that the Falcons got him on a reasonable deal.
That's especially important given how ragged the offensive line was throughout 2011. McClure's not the best center operating in the NFL today, but he's a quality pass and run blocker who Matt Ryan has relied on for most of four seasons. This is one case where I would hazard to say that continuity is definitely a good thing, and it also increases the chance that McClure will retire an Atlanta Falcon. I think we all wanted to see that.
Joe Hawley is now probably entrenched as the backup center for the Falcons, and McClure should have no trouble holding him off while the right guard competition rages on (more on that tomorrow). I'm happy to have him back.
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