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Atlanta was supposed to partially fix both the offensive and defensive line in free agency and so they did. They signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai from Miami (5 years/$33M) and defensive end Tyson Jackson from KC (5 years/$25M). Soliai never put up great numbers but he is a solid addition for the Falcons who need to beef up that defensive line. Jackson, a New Orleans-native and former 3rd overall pick in 2009, had 9 sacks in 5 years with the Chiefs, alongside 11 passes defended and 137 tackles. These signings might be a hint that the Falcons will change their defensive philosophy, going towards a 3-4 scheme in 2014.
Some much-needed help for the offensive line too: Falcons signed another former Chief, right guard Jon Asamoah to a 5 year/$22.5 million deal. Good move, that line was awful last year and Asamoah should make an impact from day 1.
Other notable moves were the release of Tony Gonzalez and safety Thomas DeCoud. Atlanta also re-signed Jonathan Babineaux to a 3-years contract worth $9 million.