After adding center Alex Mack and quarterback Matt Schaub earlier in the first day of free agency, the Falcons have agreed to a deal with free agent defensive end Derrick Shelby.
The 27-year-old Shelby spent four seasons with the Dolphins after being undrafted out of Utah. He started nine games in 2015 and had 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Shelby played in 15 games as a backup in 2014 and had three sacks. He played 16 games in each of his first two seasons with Miami. Shelby has nine sacks in 63 games (10 starts).
Shelby replaced Cameron Wake last season for the Dolphins and had 31 quarterback hurries and four passes defended to compliment his 3.5 sacks.
The Falcons will count on Shelby to become even more of a pass rusher. There have been reports the Falcons still want to bring back Adrian Clayborn, who was on the other side of the line last season from Vic Beasley. But there's now a chance Shelby will fill that role.
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