The Atlanta Falcons have signed ex-49er guard Brandon Fusco to a 3 year $12.75 million dollar deal. Fusco was ranked the 21st best guard according to PFF metrics with an average grade of 76.0. The 29-year old guard started his career with the Minnesota Vikings and played very well until he got injured. Before his injury he netted a $25 million dollar deal from the Vikings which tells you that he did pretty well for Minnesota. Fusco started all 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers.
Fusco is more renowned as a power blocker but it was reported that Dan Quinn is looking to add more power plays into the playbook for next season. Fusco is being paid starter money but will look to be in competition with last years starter Wes Schweitzer. Wes Schweitzer had an up-and-down season which prompted the Falcons to sign a veteran to hold down the line.
When Chris Chester retired the run game took a step back from the Falcons historic season in 2016. With Fusco now in the fold the Falcons will have a dominant run game reminiscent of the 2016 season. Also, the signing of Fusco means that it is likely that guard will not be addressed in the draft. Falcons fans should look for a defensive player to be taken with their first selection at 26th overall.