McClure gives Falcons O-line depth

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Falcons let veteran center Todd McClure test free agency, but he’s staying in Atlanta.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff just said McClure, 35, has agreed to terms on a deal that will keep him with the only team he's played for.

“We’re very excited as an organization to have a player and person like Todd McClure to come back to us and play his 13th season with us,’’ Dimitroff said. “He’s the consummate leader. He’s what we’re looking for in an offensive lineman in terms of the toughness and the grit and, most importantly, the leadership.’’

McClure started 13 games last season. His return gives the Falcons some depth in the middle of the line. Joe Hawley also plays center, but McClure’s return could allow Hawley to compete for a starting job at guard, where Justin Blalock and Garrett Reynolds were last year’s starters.