Pinner Signs with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, offensive lineman D’Anthony Batiste and running back Artose Pinner Monday afternoon. The team waived linebacker Jordan Beck and running back Jason Snelling.

The Falcons also established a seven-player practice squad consisting of quarterback Casey Bramlet, defensive back Brent Grimes, wide receivers Eric Weems and Todd Watkins, offensive lineman Kurt Quarterman, linebacker Travis Williams and tight end George Cooper.

Ayodele, 6-2, 300 pounds, was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad last season and was allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europa in the spring. He recorded 15 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed with the Galaxy. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots in 2006.

As a senior at the University of Oklahoma, Ayodele started six games and finished with 11 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Batiste, 6-4, 318 pounds, was inactive for nine games last season with the Carolina Panthers. He began the 2006 season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and also competed with the Bossier City Battlewings of af2 in 2004.

Pinner, 5-10, 232 pounds, comes with the most pro experience. He logged 43 carries for 190 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Minnesota Vikings. He spent the 2003-2005 seasons with Detroit after being selected by the team in the fourth-round (99th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. For his career, Pinner has 812 rushing yards and eight scores. He has appeared in 40 games as a professional.

Beck spent two seasons with the Falcons after being selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Following a season on the injured reserve list, Beck finished second on the team with 13 special teams tackles last year.

Snelling joined the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Virginia.


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