Falcons Land Standout Running Back

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday March 2, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Turner, considered perhaps the top
running back available in free agency, has agreed to a six-year
deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

Turner, a four-year veteran who has been best known as LaDainian
Tomlinson's backup in San Diego, is expected to play a more
important role with the Falcons, where he is projected as the power
complement to speed back Jerious Norwood.

Turner (5-10, 237) has 228 carries for 1,257 yards and six
touchdowns in four seasons with San Diego. Though he is a powerful runner, Turner also showed his big-play skills with three of San Diego's longest 11 rushes in team history -- 83, 74 and 73 yards.

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