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SPORTS BRIEFS: Parkview grad Palmer signs with Falcons

Parkview grad Palmer signs with Falcons

Parkview grad Michael Palmer went undrafted in this past weekend's NFL draft, but he still will get a shot at pro football. And he gets to do it with his hometown team.

Palmer, who just finished his career at Clemson, was signed as a free agent Sunday by the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder was a three-year starter at tight end for the Tigers and had 43 catches last season.

Cowboys sign Rams' Washington

Former Grayson standout Lorenzo Washington wasn't taken in the NFL draft, but he signed a free agent contract on Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys.

The 6-5, 290-pounder was a versatile defensive lineman for Alabama, helping the Tide to the national championship last season. He played both defensive end and interior line spots during his college career.

Falcons ink free agents

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons signed 15 undrafted college free agents on Monday, including Alabama tight end Colin Peek.

Peek, a transfer from Georgia Tech, had 19 catches, including one for a touchdown, in Alabama's 2009 national championship season.

The Falcons also signed tight end Leroy Banks of Southern Mississippi.

Other notable free agents on offense to sign with Atlanta are wide receivers Ryan Wolfe of UNLV, Brandyn Harvey of Villanova and Tim Buckley of Alcorn State and running back Dimitri Nance of Arizona State.

The Falcons signed Mississippi defensive end Emmanuel Stephens after not addressing the position in the draft. Stephens had 61/2 sacks in two seasons at Mississippi.

The Falcons also signed kicker Garrett Lindhold of Tarleton State, linebackers Bear Woods of Troy and Weston Johnson of Wyoming, long snapper Justin Drescher of Colorado, cornerbacker Dominique Daniels of Nicholls State and safeties Rafael Bush of South Carolina State and Gabe Derricks of San Diego.

Buckley (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) played quarterback at Alcorn State.

Lindholm made a 64-yard field goal, the third-longest in NCAA history, for Tarleton State in the FCS playoffs.