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Jason Elam coming to Atlanta

POSTED: April 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with record-setting kicker Jason Elam, who is leaving Denver after 15 seasons with the Broncos.

A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced, said the 37-year-old Elam would be joining the Falcons.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

Elam had been the Broncos kicker since 1993, but he's coming home in a sense. He played high school football in suburban Atlanta.

In 1993, Elam kicked a 63-yard field goal against Jacksonville, tying Tom Dempsey's record for the longest field goal in NFL history.

Elam has reached 100 points in each of his 15 seasons and ranks fifth on the career list with 395 field goals and sixth in points with 1,786.

He finished last season with 15 consecutive field goals and kicked four game-winners, the most in the NFL since 1990. He also surpassed John Elway for most games in Broncos history last season.

The Falcons used 47-year-old Morten Andersen the last two seasons, but he doesn't have Elam's range. Andersen is the leading scorer and field goal kicker in NFL history.

Matt Prater would get the first shot at replacing Elam in Denver. He handled kickoff duties in the Broncos' last two games after being waived by Miami and Atlanta last season.



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