Cordarelle Patterson has bounced between five teams in his nine-year NFL career. But after a strong season with the Atlanta Falcons in which set career highs across the board, Patterson no longer wants to be a journeyman.
According to Kris Rhim of Falcons.com, Patterson wore a sweatshirt that reads “Atlanta Georgia Changed My Life” at practice on Wednesday. Although the Falcons season will wind down in Week 18, Patterson doesn't want his stint in Atlanta to end then.
“I've been around five teams, eight offensive coordinators; being here, I feel like I'm at home. Why not just finish my career here?” Patterson said. “I'm comfortable with all the guys in the locker room, the coaches, you know, and everybody so why not finish my career here?”
Patterson, who also suggested he will be able to play in the NFL for at least another decade, will be a free agent after this year. The 31-year-old led the Falcons in rushing yards (607), rushing touchdowns (six) and receiving touchdowns (five) while ranking third in receiving yards (547) and receptions (51). Each of those numbers is a career-high for Patterson besides receptions, though he is only short of his personal best by one catch.
Atlanta hasn't yet signaled that they are looking for a full rebuild. Even if they do, they would be wise to bring Patterson back as someone who can help support an offense full of youngsters, like Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Pitts and perhaps Matt Ryan's successor should the Falcons acquire one.
While Patterson's desire to remain with the Falcons may be mostly because of the close proximity to his native South Carolina and the team using him frequently in plays, this is a win for Atlanta. They can rebuild with a very talented player who wants to be there.