Falcons sign Dante Fowler Jr. to three-year deal

The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement on a three-year, $48 million deal with edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr.

After having just two sacks in seven games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018, the team decided to trade him to the Los Angeles Rams at the trade deadline. Fowler finished the 2018 season in Los Angeles and totaled four sacks in fifteen games.

Fowler had a much better season in 2019. The former University of Florida defensive lineman nearly tripled his sack totals from the 2018 season, finishing with 11.5, which was second on the team behind All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He finished last season with 58 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and sixteen quarterback hits while returning a fumble for a touchdown.

The edge rusher turns 26-years-old in August, right before the 2020 NFL season kicks off. He joins an Atlanta Falcons team that finished 29th in the league with 28.0 sacks. His reunion with Dan Quinn, who served as Fowler’s defensive line coach and defensive coordinator during his time at Florida, and pairing with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett should provide a spark to a Falcons pass rushing unit that fizzled last season.