Fact: Antone Smith used to play running back, then he became a Falcon
In an earth-shattering, awe-inspiring, game-changing, super duper deal, the Falcons signed Antone Smith today. Smith will receive a 2 year deal; the financial specifics aren't available, though I'm sure he won't make much.
Smith isn't really a running back. He has only logged one carry since 2010 - that means he's not a running back. He's a special teams ace, and I'd imagine all parties knew this deal was coming. The Falcons effectively saved themselves some money here. If he'd have become a restricted free agent next week, signing Smith would've necessitated a $1.3 million minimum tender. It's my understand he will earn something less than that now.
The team considers him a important special teams player. Falcons special teams limited opponents to just 9.3 yards/punt return and 22.2 yards/kickoff return. Smith helped make that happen.