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Buffs LBs Landman, Wells Agree To FA Deals

Apr 30, 2022
Buffs LBs Carson Wells, left, and Nate Landman have free agent NFL deals.

BOULDER — Colorado linebacker Nate Landman agreed to a free agent deal Saturday with the Atlanta Falcons after the conclusion of the annual NFL Draft while fellow Buffaloes 'backer Carson Wells accepted a free agent offer from the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Buffaloes did not have a player selected in the draft, the first time since 2016 that a CU player's name was not called during the seven rounds.

Landman was one of the most prolific and productive linebackers in CU history, becoming just the 12th player in program annals to earn at least five letters. He earned all-Pac-12 honors four times (two first-team selections, two on the second team) and finished his career with 409 tackles, tying for fifth on the all-time CU list.

He also became just the third player in Colorado history to average 10 tackles per game for three seasons, joining Buffs legends Barry Remington and Greg Biekert.

Had he not had his season shortened by injury as a senior, he no doubt would have climbed higher on the all-time tackles list.

Landman goes to an Atlanta team that finished 7-10 last season (third in the NFC South) with a defense that yielded 459 points — second-most in the NFL. Former CU standout cornerback Isaiah Oliver plays for Atlanta.

A two-time All-Pac-12 performer, Wells finished his CU career with 40 games played and 34 starts. His 187 career tackles ranked 89th on CU's all-time list, with his 38 tackles for losses (for 132 yards) tying for eighth in the Buff record book. 

He also led the nation in 2020 in tackles for loss, averaging 2.7 per game.

The Bengals won the AFC championship last year before losing to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. Former CU cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and former CU defensive lineman Josh Tupou also play for Cincinnati.