Report: Atlanta Falcons sign third-round pick QB Desmond Ridder

Matt Urben
Falcons Wire

The Atlanta Falcons have signed rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder to a four-year contract worth $5.3 million, with a signing bonus of just over $1 million, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Tuesday.

Ridder, a third-round pick out of Cincinnati, is expected to battle veteran Marcus Mariota for the starting quarterback job in Atlanta. He’s the last of the team’s eight draft picks to sign and does so just in time as rookies report to training camp Tuesday.

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The Falcons shipped Matt Ryan to Indianapolis over the offseason and the coaching staff appears to be going in a different direction at QB, focusing more on mobility.

“A pro-ready passer with tons of starting experience and a track record of both personal production and team success, Ridder will tempt teams with his potential to be a Day 1 starter,” Draft Wire’s Natalie Miller wrote ahead of the draft. “His overall upside is a tad limited, but he should still hear his name called early in this year’s draft, as one of the top quarterbacks off the board.”

During Ridder’s four years at Cincinnati, he threw for 10,239 passing yards and 87 touchdowns, with another 28 rushing scores.