Given the nature of free agency in the NFL, it's highly rare for players to spend their entire career with a single team. As such, the teams in Super Bowl 50 will have players that once donned the red and black. Who are those players and what kind of role do they have on the teams playing for the championship? Let's take a look.
"Swagger" Vance Walker
Drafted by the Falcons in 2009 in the seventh round, Vance Walker has been a pleasant surprise. Considering the percentage of 7th round picks that will never make an NFL roster, Walker has found a way to carve out a respectable career since being drafted.
While with the Falcons, Walker was predominantly a rotational player who had a nice impact when on the field. After the 2012 season, the Falcons opted to offer Walker a smaller contract while keeping former first round pick Peria Jerry around. Yeah, I'm still angry about it. Walker then spent time with the Raiders and Chiefs before landing with the Broncos this year.
Who says you can't go home again? McClain - a 7th round pick out of the 2010 draft for the Panthers - spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2012 to 2014. He had a stand-out year in 2012, playing primarily in nickel sets behind Desmond Trufant and Asante Samuel. In 2013 and 2014, McClain didn't quite live up to the standard set in 2012, but one can hardly blame him for not thriving in the mad-house defense orchestrated by Mike Nolan those two years. McClain spent part of 2015 with the Patriots before being signed back by the team that drafted him later in the 2015 season.
What are your thoughts on these former Falcons?