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Former Alabama wide receiver Slade Bolden signs with Atlanta Falcons in NFL free agency

by Austin Brezina
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Former Alabama wideout Slade Bolden has signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent, according to a Sunday report. After going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, the former Crimson Tide playmaker signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Unfortunately, he was placed on injured reserve prior to the NFL season beginning last year. He was later released by the Ravens and did not appear in any NFL games. Now, he’s poised to get another shot at the next level with Atlanta. The Falcons brought in Bolden to try out for the team over the weekend. The workout was a successful onee, leading to his signing according to NFL Insider Tom Pelissero.

Bolden’s college career was a productive one with Alabama, and he was a member of the 2020 National Championship-winning team. He began making an impact with the Crimson Tide as a redshirt freshman in 2019. Bolden saw action as a receiver, a special teams weapon and even as a wildcat quarterback.

During the national title game against Ohio State, Bolden caught three passes for 16 yards. In addition, he scored his first career touchdown in the biggest game of the year.

More on the 2023 NFL free agency, Slade Bolden to Falcons

The NFL 2023 calendar year is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on March 15 when contracts running through 2022 will officially run out, making those players free agents. Prior to the beginning of free agency, teams will have a chance to designate one franchise or transition tag player, starting on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET and ending on March 7. Beginning March 13 through March 15 teams will be allowed a legal negotiation with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.

In addition to NFL free agency, the new year also marks the beginning of all trades being made official by the league office. April 21 marks the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets while April 26 marks the deadline for teams to match restricted free agent offers sheets. 722 players are slated to become free agents in 2023.

More on restricted, exclusive rights free agents

Players with only three years of accredited NFL experience become restricted free agents. Their original team will have the option to apply first-round, second-round, original-round, and right-of-fight-of-first-refusal tenders on players at escalating price tags. The higher the round, the more expensive the tender amount; however, if a separate team does offer a contract and the original team does not match that round pick will be conveyed from the new team to the original team. Right of first refusal only gives a team the option to match or not. If they don’t match, they get nothing in return. An original-round tender would send a draft pick from whatever round the player was drafted back to the original team if they chose not to match. The original team will have five days to match once a player signs an offer sheet from a new team.