The Falcons added another offensive lineman Monday by claiming center Gino Gradkowski off waivers from the Broncos. The news was first tweeted by ESPN NFL reporter Adam Caplan.
Denver had traded a 2016 fourth round pick to Baltimore in April for Gradkowski and a fifth round pick next year. Gradkowski spent the first three years of his career with Baltimore. He appeared in 40 games with the Ravens, starting all 16 games of the 2013 season.
Gradkowski is 6-3 and weighs 300 pounds. He will turn 27 on November 5. Gradkowski attended Delaware and was a fourth round pick of the Ravens in the 2012 draft. His brother is Bruce Gradkowski, a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In college, Gradkowski played guard and center. He has experience in the zone blocking scheme with Gary Kubiak, Denver’s new head coach who had been an offensive coordinator in Baltimore last season. But Gradkowski lost his starting job to Matt Paradis in training camp.
The Falcons will likely still go with Joe Hawley as the starting center, but depth was needed behind him at center and guard. Both Hawley and James Stone can also play both guard and center. The Falcons brought in Bryce Harris over the weekend to be a backup at tackle with Tyler Polumbus.
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