Why the Atlanta Falcons should trade up in the first round

With the upcoming NFL Draft less than a month away, there are plenty of story-lines to analyze and various situations that could happen as teams are trying to better their rosters through this year’s draft class.  Many questions have surrounded what are arguably two of the most exciting players to play college football in Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, and where they will...
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The Atlanta Falcons have quite the intriguing NFL Draft status

There is little doubt that Atlanta has improved in all three phases of the game this offseason.  On offense, Atlanta improved an already explosive (when healthy) attack by shoring up the offense line with the signings of projected backup Gabe Carimi and Right Guard Jon Asamoah. In defense, easily the Falcons’ weakness, an entirely revamped defensive line which now features former...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The strong case for re-signing Brent Grimes and Paul Soliai

In what has long been a question that has been placed on the virtual back burner, the Dolphins have to decide who over their 20 free agents to bring back.   It's highly possible that the position of cornerback  one year ago was the most crucial last season after the departure of Sean Smith in free agency and the pre-season trade sending Vontae Davis for picks.  However,...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins free agency plan

The Miami Dolphins got off to a good start to the offseason with the signing of cornerback Brent Grimes to a 4 year, $32 million deal. The structure of the contract also allows the Dolphins to cut ties with Grimes if his production diminishes after the second year, when he will be 33 years of age.  While locking up Grimes was an important first move, GM Dennis Hickey will be busy...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on 2014 Miami Dolphins Free Agency as of March 22nd

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Moments after the 2014 period began the Dolphins signed what should amount to their biggest addition of the year in Brandon Albert. He’ll hopefully man the LT position for at least 2-3 seasons, of his 5 year 47 million dollar contract. Kudu’s to Hickey, and Philbin for getting their man. – Grade A+ They overpaid, but had little choice. I won’t...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency head scratchers

Early in this offseason Falcons owner Arthur Blank said that he didn’t want any “splash” free agent moves, and it appears that the front office is taking his words to heart. When Paul Soliai , Tyson Jackson, and John Asamoah came in it hardly moved needle on the national buzz-meter. Which makes sense, those guys are all “bricks and mortar” type players who fill some of...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dolphins free agency maneuvering is puzzling

They say you can't win a Super Bowl in the offseason.  Surely awards aren't handed out for winning the offseason. When it came to free agency, the Miam Dolphins chose conservatism rather than flashy names.  The Dolphins chose to spend frugally rather than wastefully.   What's so puzzling about the Dolphins dive into free-agency is that after signing one book end...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Run defense a main issue in free agency period

The first day of free agency in the National Football League brought many surprises. Many keynote, prominent players were released by their teams. Players such as Lance Moore and Darren Sproles were released by the Saints and the Cowboys released seven-time pro bowl defensive end Demarcus Ware to name a few. Nevertheless, with releasing of players comes the opportunity to improve...
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons Free Agency recap: Where do they turn now?

The free agency period has told us a lot about the Falcons. The team is dealing with many problem areas. But the offseason has been centered around improving the offensive and defensive lines. The actions in free agency are now helping to solve them. They are also providing a picture of what to expect in the April draft. Atlanta has bolstered the offensive line and committed to a...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins sign DT Earl Mitchell

The Miami Dolphins had a need for a defensive tackle after losing Paul Soliai to the Falcons and I was actually intrigued to see Earl Mitchell sign with a 4-3 team going into the off-season. He was a 3rd round pick in 2010, but the 6-2 292 pounder was miscast as a 3-4 nose tackle in Houston over the last 3 seasons. Even still, he wasn’t terrible, so there’s a chance he can become...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

What the Atlanta Falcons will look like defensively in 2014

It is pretty obvious what the Falcons want to do defensively, looking at the latest free agents they picked up to play defensive line in Atlanta. Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson are both the huge, prototypical 3-4 defensive linemen Atlanta has been lacking. Bringing in two guys who fit the 3-4 scheme so perfectly really tips the hand of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan as to what kind...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' signings signal return to basics

Mike Smith came to the Falcons as a coach who wanted to run the football and defend the run. Coming off a 4-12 season and with the moves the Falcons have made, particularly on the first day of free agency on Tuesday, that again has taken on primacy. Consider that three of the Falcons' signings on Tuesday (one of their own players and two unrestricted free agents) will likely...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons news: Falcons sign Asamoah, Jackson and Soliai on opening day of free agency.

The Atlanta Falcons drastically needed to improve both their offensive and defensive lines this off season, they made significant strides to achieving that goal within hours of the free agent market officially opening on Tuesday. Two of three players signed were drafted by Scott Pioli while he was general manager in Kansas City, Pioli is now the Falcons assistant GM in Atlanta...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Falcons add to their defensive arsenal

Free agency is heating up and they don’t call Atlanta, Hotlanta for nothing! The Falcons wasted no time adding fuel to what seemed like a dwindling fire in the backfield last year. Atlanta signed Paul Soliai, the former Miami dolphins starting nose tackle. Soliai was a fourth round pick of the Dolphins in the 2007 draft. Last season Soliai finished with a recorded 35 tackles, two...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons sign DT Paul Soliai

What’s with the Falcons committing all this money to pure run stoppers? I understand they need to improve their run defense, but they also need to add pass rushers. Not only are Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai not pass rushers, but they’re actually liabilities on passing plays. They played a combined 493 pass snaps last season and for good reason. Now the Falcons have given them...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Falcons Day-One Free Agency Frenzy Remains Flawed

You may look at the title and think I’m already being over-critical. What Falcon fans have been complaining about over the past few years has been their lack of toughness. They are tired of seeing both lines get bullied around in the trenches. They’ve became irritated by the league perception of the Falcons being soft. The organization had realized that and has made it an objective...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins Sign Branden Albert

The Miami Dolphins finally have their man.A year after almost trading a second round pick for him, Miami has signed free agent Branden Albert to a five year deal worth $46 million. This is a step in the right direction for one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Albert is a Pro Bowler who will give Miami help they desperately need on the line.Miami wasn't done with signings...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins bring in DT Earl Mitchell while Big Paul heads to Atl

The Dolphins continued to fill holes by adding Defensive Tackle Earl Mitchell to a 4 year $16 million deal ($9 million guaranteed). With Soliai and Starks moving on from the Dolphins, the signing of Mitchell makes sense. He finished with a 1.6 PFF grade against the Pass, but a -4.6 grade against the run.  Mitchell played the nose position in Texas, but is expected to play next to...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Ink NT Paul Soliai, Per Adam Schefter

The Falcons land a true-blue, 340-pound nose tackle. The Atlanta Falcons continue to pursue linemen on both sides of the ball as the 2014 NFL free agency period gets into full swing. The latest addition: former Miami Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai, who officially signed a multi-year deal with the team on Tuesday. Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons will pay Soliai $33 million...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Get Tougher; Sign RG Asamoah, DE Jackson, NT Soliai

Beefing up the lines is exactly what the Falcons needed to do. (Kevin Liles) The Atlanta Falcons knew they had to get tougher, beginning with both the offensive and defensive lines. And with free agency officially underway, getting tougher is exactly what the Falcons did. They agreed to terms with right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson, both former members of the...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DT Paul Soliai Signs With The Atlanta Falcons

Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai has quickly gone off the market, signing a five-year, $33 million contract to join the Atlanta Falcons. The contract includes $14.5 million guaranteed and $11 million in total value in the first year of the contract, averaging out to just under $7 million per season. The Falcons also signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Soliai gets his money elsewhere, signs with Falcons

BY NICK ST. DENISAs the offseason progressed, it slowly became clear that longtime defensive line stalwart Paul Soliai would not be with the Miami Dolphins beyond 2013.It became official Tuesday, when Soliai signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons which includes $14 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.There he'll be reunited with Falcons defensive...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DT Paul Soliai Signs With Falcons For 5yrs/$33M

The Falcons are looking to beef up that defensive line and got a good one in Paul Soliai. Paul Soliai has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a five-year, $33 million deal. $14 million guaranteed. $11 million in 2014. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Agree To Terms With DT Paul Soliai, G Jon Asamoah & DE Tyson Jackson

  The Atlanta Falcons have arguably been the most active team in the first hour of free agency. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have agreed to terms with former Dolphins NT Paul Soliai and former Chiefs G Jon Asamoah. Ian Rapoport reports that DE Tyson Jackson has also agreed to a deal with the Falcons. Soliai, 30, was widely considered to be the best available...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons “Aggressively Pursuing” NT Paul Soliai

  Jason La Canfora reports that the Falcons are “aggressively pursuing” Dolphins free agent NT Paul Soliai. According to La Canfora, the Falcons could be implementing more 3-4 defensive elements next season. Soliai, 30, is widely considered to be the best available nose tackle in this year’s free agent market. He signed a two-year extension with the Dolphins worth $12...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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