The Falcons announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with DE Kroy Biermann on a new contract.
Biermann was due to become an unrestricted free agent, but Fox Sports reports that Atlanta kept him from hitting the open market with a three-year deal.
A fifth-round pick in 2008, Biermann has recorded 12½ sacks in his four NFL seasons. He started 14 games in 2010 but returned to a reserve role last season after the team signed DE Ray Edwards. Biermann, 26, started only one game and was credited with 2½ sacks and an interception last season.
He's played in every game since being drafted in ’08.
The way we see it
Biermann is a high-motor player and is a solid rotational and special-teams contributor. Atlanta's top pass rusher, John Abraham, is also due to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, and he could price himself out of the Falcons' range.
If the Falcons don't make a major investment at the position in free agency or the draft, Biermann, along with DE Lawrence Sidbury, could play big roles opposite Edwards.