Report: Falcons agree to deal with defensive end Derrick Shelby

Derrick Shelby, a former undrafted player from Utah, agreed to a four-year contract with the Falcons today. (Associated Press)

The Falcons agreed to four-year, $18 million deal with defensive end Derrick Shelby on Wednesday, according various reports.

Shelby, 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, had 3.5 sacks last season for the Dolphins.

Shelby, 27, has played in 63 games and made nine starts. He has nine career sacks.

He’s one of those “value signings” that the Falcons like to find in free agency. Here’s what had to say about Shelby:

Derrick Shelby might not be a household name, but he had one of the NFL’s most overlooked contract-year pushes as Cameron Wake‘s replacement down the stretch last season. A stout run defender with exceptionally strong hands, Shelby also made a habit of bulldozing linemen into the quarterback’s lap as a disruptive interior force on third downs. Although he lacks the speed to emerge as a premier edge rusher, Shelby is a versatile defensive lineman just entering the prime of his career. — Chris Wesseling

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