Falcons Sign Ex-Chargers RB Michael Turner
The Atlanta Falcons have announced the signing of former San Diego Chargers running back Michael Turner, one of the biggest names in this year's NFL free agency sweepstakes.
No financial details have been released, but ESPN reported that Turner will get a $15 million guarantee on a six-year, $34.5 million contract. That's good money, but it's less than Bernard Berrian got from the Vikings, and not many people would have predicted that before the free agency period started.
Turner has never been a featured back, having served as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup for his entire NFL career. In Atlanta he may still serve as a backup: He will split carries with Jerious Norwood and might end up behind Norwood on the depth chart.
There has been talk in league circles that Turner was disappointed with the initial offers he was getting when he became a free agent, which may be a reflection of the general sense in the NFL that running backs are not as important as players at other positions. Turner is, however, and important part of the rebuilding project in Atlanta.