Turner agrees to 6-year deal with Falcons, capping busy opening weekend of NFL free agency (1 Viewer)


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Michael Turner was best known as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup for four years in San Diego. He's heading to Atlanta to become a main man.

Turner agreed to a six-year deal with the Falcons on Sunday, capping a busy opening weekend of the NFL's free-agent period. Turner is projected as the power complement to speed back Jerious Norwood.

"It was really the whole organization and what they're trying to do," Turner told The Associated Press on Sunday when asked what influenced his decision. "Everybody is fresh with a clean slate and trying to build things back up. ... I did not come into the visit expecting to sign so soon. I didn't know what to expect."

Turner said a factor in his decision was new Falcons coach Mike Smith's experience as a defensive coordinator with Jacksonville, where the Jaguars had success with tailbacks Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew sharing the carries.

"It will be interesting with a combo-type thing," Turner said. "Coach Smith from Jacksonville knows how that works, so hopefully it will be a good thing."

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