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Falcons sign WR Darnell Mooney to 3-year, $39 million contract

THE Atlanta Falcons have agreed to sign a free agent catcher Darnell Mooney to a three-year, $39 million deal, including $26 million fully guaranteed, agents David Mulugheta and AJ Stevens told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mooney gives Falcons another offensive playmaker for new quarterback Kirk Cousinswho also has a tight end Kyle PittsRECIPIENT Drake London and run back Bijan Robinson as skill position players to work with.

Mooney, 26, was drafted by the Chicago Bear in the fifth round in 2020. After a breakout season in 2021 in which he totaled 81 catches for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns, with many of his targets coming from then-rookie quarterback. Justin FieldsInjuries and regression in play delayed Mooney's final two seasons in Chicago.

Mooney struggled to fill the Bears' No. 2 receiver role DJ Moore. The 5-foot-11 receiver had a career-high 31 catches for 414 yards and a touchdown in 2023, a season after his 2022 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury.

In 2022, Mooney led the Bears with 493 receiving yards despite being limited to 12 games.

He has 213 catches for 2,593 yards and 11 touchdowns in 60 career games.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.

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