Ricky Watters became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles when the San Francisco 49ers refused to match a $6.9 million, three-year offer sheet to the star running back.
Watters, who went to a Super Bowl and two Pro Bowls with the 49ers, logged 2,840 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in 653 carries over the last three years.
The Atlanta Falcons acquired two-time Pro-Bowler Eric Metcalf from the Cleveland Browns.
The deal calls for a swap of the teams’ first-round draft choices, with the Browns getting Atlanta’s 10th overall choice and the Falcons acquiring Cleveland’s 26th position. No other players were involved.
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