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Jake Long set to kick-start career with Atlanta Falcons deal

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The Atlanta Falcons are set to follow up last night's Monday Night Football (MNF) win over the Philadelphia Eagles with the addition of a four-time Pro Bowler today, per numerous reports.


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jake Long - a first overall pick back in 2008 - is heading to Atlanta this morning to sign a deal with the NFC South franchise.

Long has over 90 starts to his name as an offensive lineman in the NFL but has been out of action following an ACL tear back in October 2014 - his second in successive seasons.

With Atlanta's offensive line having impressed on the gridiron during MNF, helping the franchise rack up 244 yards of offense in the first half alone at the Georgia Dome, the arrival of a decorated player such as Long will only boost that facet of their game.

Finding a home

Long, formerly of the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams, has been searching for a new team since being released on the eve of free agency back in March.

In the months since, the 30-year-old has worked out twice for the Giants, as well as previously visiting the Falcons. One week into the 2015 season, it looks like the experienced pro has finally found a new home.

He has twice placed inside the NFL's top 100 players (no. 28 in 2011, no. 59 in 2012) and, while he could provide excellent back up for Atlanta's 2014 first-round pick Jake Matthews, he could also challenge starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder.

Falcons fans: Is this a good signing, and how impressed were you with the Eagles game? Have your say in the comments below...

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