Quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was surprisingly cut on the eve of the NFL season by the Jacksonville Jaguars, has landed on his feet in Atlanta.
Leftwich has agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth up to $7 million with the Falcons, sources have reported.
Given the length and dollar amount of the contract, it’s believed that Leftwich will be given the opportunity to compete with Joey Harrington for the starting job and is not being brought in merely to serve as Harrington’s backup.
Harrington has struggled so far this season, as has the Falcons’ offense during Bobby Petrino’s first two games as the team’s head coach. Harrington has yet to throw a touchdown pass and is averaging just shy of 200 passing yards a game. The Falcons, meanwhile, rank 27th in the league in total offense and have managed to score just 10 points while dropping their first two games.