Falcons Sign Former Titans LB: Report

Rashaan Evans Falcons

Getty Falcons sign former Titans linebacker Rashaad Evans.

The Atlanta Falcons lost their best tackler, Foye Oluokun, to free agency last month and will be looking for someone to fill his void.

But it looks like they may have found his replacement in their new signing: Rashaan Evans.

According to Adam Schefter’s report on Monday, April 4, the Falcons signed the former Tennessee Titans linebacker to a one-year deal.

The Falcons appear to be using their past connections with both the Chicago Bears and Titans to add some help this season.

As Schefter notes, Evans reunites with familiar faces in head coach Arthur Smith and defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who coached him in Tennessee.

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Evans Is a Former 1st-Round Pick

Evans was originally selected by the Titans in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Alabama product entered the Titans’ training camp competing against Will Compton and Jayon Brown for a starting job. However, he didn’t win the job and was listed as the third inside linebacker on the depth chart.

It didn’t take long for him to get a start, in fact, he started Week 3 against the Jaguars where he logged his first career tackles. Evan finished his rookie year with 53 total tackles (33 solo), one pass deflected through 15 games and seven starts.

He officially became a full-time starter during his second season where he finished with 111 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown through 16 starts.

In 2020, he recorded a team-high of eight tackles against the Bills in Week 5 and logged nine against the Ravens in Week 11. He ended the year with 96 total tackles, 0.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a career-high five pass deflections in 16 starts. In the same season, the Titans would go on to with the AFC South with an 11-5 record and qualify for the playoffs. However, their post-season was cut short in the Wildcard round following an overtime loss to the Ravens where Evans recorded nine tackles.

Following Evans’ lack of consistency in his overall production, the Titans declined to pick up his $9.7 million fifth-year option last year.

He comes to Atlanta off a 2021 season where he had 57 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 12 games and 11 starts.


Falcons Lost Their Lead Tackler to Jacksonville

Foye Oluokun was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.

The Falcons” pushed hard”, per Ian Rapoport, to keep their former 2018 sixth-round draft pick in Atlanta but lost the fight to Jacksonville.

At the start of free agency on Wednesday, March 16, Oluokun agreed to a three-year deal worth $46.5 million with $28 million guaranteed with the Jaguars.

Oluokun heads to Jacksonville fresh off a career-best season in 2021 where he recorded 192 tackles, six passes defensed, two sacks, a forced fumble and three interceptions. In three of his four seasons with the Falcons, Oluokun logged at least 90 tackles.

With Oluokun now in Jacksonville, the Falcons’ interior linebacker room consists of Deion Jones
Mykal Walker, Rashaan Evans, Dorian Etheridge and Rashad Smith. And with the lack of overall talent on the inside, there’s a high possibility that Evans could win a starting job this season if he wants it.

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