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Report: Restricted free agent running back Terrence Magee expected to return to Falcons

It’s a small surprise, but Magee figures to compete for third back duties when he returns.

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The Atlanta Falcons have one of the league’s best running back duos, but Tevin Coleman is a free agent after 2018 and the team currently does not have a back signed beyond those two. They need to have some young options with upside in the likely event that someone gets hurt or needs a breather.

Enter Terrence Magee, maybe? Per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Magee’s agent expect him to re-sign in Atlanta. Given that he’s a restricted free agent, that likely means the team is going to tender him at an original round level, and that means he’ll be dirt cheap as he was an undrafted free agent. I’d be surprised if another team attempted to steal him away from the Falcons.

Magee’s done basically nothing at the NFL level, but he was a solid all-around back coming out of college who critically was well-regarded for his pass protection ability. That blocking ability will likely get him some special teams run and a handful of looks on the field if he can make it as the team’s third back. Given that we still don’t know whether Terron Ward is returning or whether the Falcons will be adding a back from this particularly deep draft class, though, Magee can’t be viewed as more than veteran competition for a roster spot at this point.

Still, we preemptively welcome him back. We’ll see when the Falcons make it official.