The Falcons already started moving toward the 2010 season Monday, as they signed eight players to futures contracts.
The list was highlighted by former University of Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockely, who previously has spent time on the regular roster and practice squad.
Center Rob Bruggerman, receiver James Swinton, receiver Andy Strickland, center Blake Schlueter, defensive end Maurice Lucas, running back Antone Smith and guard Jose Valdez also were signed. Lucas and Valdez spent all of the 2009 season on the Atlanta practice squad.