NFL Free Agency 2013: Chris Owens Signs With Cleveland Browns

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Goodbye, Chris Owens.

The Atlanta Falcons have seen a lot of free agents move on this off-season, and today brings the latest attrition to the team. Chris Owens has signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Owens had a curious career in Atlanta. A third-round pick back in 2009, Owens had a promising start to his career, posting two picks and six starts in his first season. Unfortunately, it was largely downhill from there, with Owens getting toasted in the 2010 NFC Divisional Round against the Packers, which forever tarnished his reputation with many Falcons fans.

While he flashed brilliance at times—remember him catch Percy Harvin from behind on that kick return?—Owens saw his playing time slowly diminish in the last couple of years. In 2012, he was passed by Robert McClain on the depth chart and really only played as a part-time cornerback and ace special teamer. Certainly his speed and athleticism will be missed, but the Falcons are going to roll even younger than the 26-year-old Owens throughout the secondary this season, for better or for worse.

We wish him well. Your reaction?

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