Falcons sign rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) throws during the first half of an NCAA college...
Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)(Darron Cummings | AP)
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 9:17 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The Falcons signed third-round draft pick Desmond Ridder.

The 3rd round pick from the University of Cincinnati agreed to his rookie deal which is 4 years and just over $5.3 million dollars.

Ridder gets a signing bonus of just over $1 million.

The Falcons traded long-time franchise quarterback Matt Ryan in the offseason to the Indianapolis Colts and signed Marcus Mariota to replace Ryan.

Ridder who scouts say has a slow release, could see playing time as a rookie as the Falcons start a major rebuild.

Ridder was a 4-year starter at Cincinnati and threw for over 3,300 yards and 30 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions.

Falcons rookies reported to Flowery Branch Tuesday.