Breaking News: Atlanta Falcons Confirm The Departure Of Another Star

News: The Steelers sign RB and KR Patterson Cordarrelle
Cordarrelle Patterson, a running back and return specialist, has signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to reports on Tuesday from NFL Network and ESPN. Following former Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, who is now Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, Patterson will follow Smith to Pittsburgh after redefining himself as a running back for the previous three seasons in Atlanta.

In 2013, Patterson joined the NFL as a wide receiver selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the draft. During the first eight years of his career with Minnesota (2013–16), Oakland (2017), New England (2018), and Chicago (2019–20), he was a four-time Pro Bowl player, four-time first-team All-Pro pick, and two-time second-team All-Pro as a returner. Throughout his career, Patterson, 33, has returned nine kicks for touchdowns; however, he has only returned one in his last three seasons. In terms of kick return yardage, he led the league in both 2019 (825) and 2020 (1,017). In 2021, he had 16 appearances overall, starting 13 games as running back for Atlanta. He finished with a career-high 1,166 yards from scrimmage (618 rushing, 548 receiving). Patterson totaled 1,494 running yards, 708 receiving yards, and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the Falcons.

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