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Atlanta Falcons add depth, experience to offensive line by signing veteran tackle Jake Long
St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jake Long, left, prepares to block New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette during the fourth quarter of a 2013 game in St. Louis. - photo by Tom Gannam

The Atlanta Falcons have signed offensive tackle Jake Long, adding more experience to a rebuilt line.

The signing was announced by coach Dan Quinn on Tuesday.

Long was cut by the Rams in a salary cap move in March. He has had two surgeries to repair torn ligaments in his right knee the last two years while with St. Louis. He has 96 career starts since going first overall in the 2008 draft to Miami.

If fully recovered, Long could push Ryan Schraeder for the starting job at right tackle or play behind Schraeder and left tackle Jake Matthews.

Adam Levitre started at left guard in Monday night’s 26-24 win over the Eagles after being acquired from Tennessee on Sept. 4. Center Mike Person and right guard Chris Chester also are new starters.

The Falcons waived safety Charles Godfrey.

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