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Falcons sign contract with Parkview's Palmer

Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) falls into the end zone as Minnesota Vikings defensive back Marcus Sherels (35) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) falls into the end zone as Minnesota Vikings defensive back Marcus Sherels (35) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of two players to exclusive rights contracts on Tuesday, including Parkview grad Michael Palmer. The club also signed reserve running back Antone Smith.

Palmer, a 6-foot-5, 252-pound tight end, has played 31 games with two starts over the past two seasons with the Falcons, who signed the Clemson product to a rookie free agent deal after the 2010 NFL Draft. He has 15 catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns in his Atlanta career, with 10 catches for 72 yards and a score coming last season.