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Instead of offering kicker Younghoe Koo as a limited free agent, the Atlanta Falcons decided to give him a big commitment.
The club signs him to a five-year deal worth $ 24.25 million with $ 11.5 million guaranteed, confirms a source for ESPN, which holds one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers in Atlanta. The NFL Network first reported on the deal.
With an average of $ 4.85 million a year, Koo is the second highest paid kicker in the league on average a year, behind just Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, who according to the Roster Management System is at $ 5 million a year.
The 27-year-old, who was born in Seoul but grew up in New Jersey, made 93.1% of his field goal attempts last season, including 4 of 5 from 50 yards or more and three winners. A 2020 Pro Bowler, Koo has been with the Falcons for the past three seasons and has scored 92.6% of his field goals.
He started his career with the Chargers, who cut him after four games. He then joined the short-lived Alliance of American Football before signing with the Falcons.
“He learned about himself, learned about his process, and how he goes about the game and the mental aspect, and how important it is to him physically,” said Falcon’s special teams coordinator Marquice Williams. “It’s shown through his play the last few years.
“Ever since he joined Flowery Branch, he has been consistent and has shown the work he has put in and how he produces.”
Bringing Koo back strengthens at least part of the team’s group of specialists. Punter Thomas Morstead and long-snapper Josh Harris are also free agents.