Falcons sign S Harris, LB Copeland to 1-year contracts


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — After making some painful moves to get under the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons have landed a pair of cost-effective free agents.

The team announced the signings Friday of safety Erik Harris and linebacker Brandon Copeland to one-year contracts.

Harris fills a need at safety after starting 26 of 30 games the past two seasons for the Raiders. The Falcons cut ties with 2020 starters Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to help deal with their salary cap issues.

Copeland, who appeared in six games with four starts for the New England Patriots in 2020, adds depth at linebacker for Atlanta.

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