Found March 07, 2012 on Grits Blitz:


We talked last week about the signing of Kroy Biermann being "imminent". Well today was that day. Biermann signed a three-year contract that could be worth up to $12 million. The Biermann signing comes on the heels of the Falcons also locking up safety Thomas Decoud. These aren't earth shattering signing like a Mario Williams signing would be but they are both needed signings.

After starting 14 games in 2010, Biermann took more of a backseat with the addition of Ray Edwards and only started one game last season. He managed 2.5 sacks (down only 0.5 from the year before but only half of his output from 2009). Biermann will likely be used as a situational pass rusher in 2012, unless Mike Nolan can get his secret weapon finished. Here's a fact you might not know....Biermann has scored a TD in each of the last three seasons. I like the signing and I hope he can have somewhat of a resurgence this year with the likely exit of John Abraham.

With Decoud and Biermann re-signed and Brent Grimes tagged now the Falcons look at the rest of their Free Agents. Of course there is Curtis Lofton and John Abraham. After that we have (list courtesy of D Orlando Ledbetter):

offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, wide receiver Harry Douglas, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, tight end Reggie Kelly, center Todd McClure, linebacker Mike Peterson, quarterback Chris Redman, offensive guard/center Brett Romberg, running back Jason Snelling, wide receiver Eric Weems and long snapper Joe Zelenka.

Out of that group the two guys that I would really like to see back are Todd McClure (we need the stability of another year with him on the OL) and Harry Douglas (would love to see what he can do in a different offensive system).



Atlanta, Biermann reach three-year deal

The Atlanta Falcons locked up one of their most promising young defensive linemen when end Kroy Biermann agreed to a new three-year contract on Wednesday, has learned. Biermann, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, has been an up-and-coming player in the Falcons' defensive line rotation and also is a key special teams contributor. He has played in 64 NFL games...

Starting FS DeCoud to sign new deal with Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons Come To Terms With RB Jason Snelling.

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Falcons, S DeCoud agree to contract extension

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with their starting safety Thomas DeCoud on a contract extension, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Terms of the deal have were not disclosed.DeCoud had four interceptions and 73 tackles last season for the Falcons.Atlanta is also reportedly close to a contract extension with DE Kroy Biermann.

Falcons Re-Sign Thomas Decoud

Last week the Falcons put the franchise tag on corner back Brent Grimes. This week they have started out by re-signing safety Thomas Decoud. Terms were not disclosed but the rumor is two years for $5 million. That's a price I can get behind for a guy that has shown some definite talent in the past but is coming off of a lackluster year. Decoud was part of the very first draft...

Falcons sign Thomas DeCoud to a new deal

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Thomas DeCoud to a new five-year $17.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed. DeCoud had a very good season in 2011 with 86 tackles and 4 interceptions while helping the Falcons get into the playoffs for the third time in four years.  

Falcons might heavily pursue Mario Williams

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Falcons re-sign Jason Snelling

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2012 Atlanta Falcons Mock Off-Season (Updated 3/8)

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