Topic: Schefter: Falcons sign Morten Andersen

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By Adam Schefter  |  NFL Network

Atlanta has 22 players on its roster that are 24 years old or younger. Viewed another way, Atlanta has 22 players on its roster that weren’t born when Morten Andersen kicked off his NFL career in 1982.

Morten Andersen is older than 12 NFL coaches:
» Bobby Petrino (1 year)
» Ken Whisenhunt (2 years)
» Mike McCarthy (4 years)
» Gary Kubiak (1 year)
» Jack Del Rio (3 years)
» Cam Cameron (1 year)
» Sean Peyton (4 years)
» Eric Mangini (11 years)
» Lane Kiffin (15 years)
» Mike Tomlin (12 years)
» Sean Linehan (3 years)
» Jon Gruden (3 years)

What started 25 years ago will now continue again, as the Falcons have brought in Andersen, the NFL's all-time scoring leader, to be their field goal kicker.

Atlanta gave the 47-year-old Andersen a tryout on Monday and signed him later in the day. Andersen replaces the struggling Matt Prater.

In the past two weeks, Prater has connected on only 1-of-4 field goal attempts, including a miss from 26 yards during Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

During his 24 NFL seasons -– and that's a phrase that could only have been written about Andersen and George Blanda -– Andersen connected on 825 extra points and 540 field goals.

Andersen kicked for the Falcons last season, but the team opted to go with Prater this season. However, Andersen lived near the Falcons' training complex and as soon as Prater struggled Sunday for the second straight week, costing Atlanta points it desperately needed, the Falcons arranged a workout for their old standby.

And old standby will be alive and kicking on Sunday. … nfirm=true

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