D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that impending Falcons free agent defensive end Kroy Biermann is set to re-sign with the team. Ledbetter writes that Biermann’s deal is “imminent” and likely to be inked in the next 36 hours.
Biermann wants a three-year contract, while the team is looking to add another year to his deal. His extension is set to pay him between $10 and $12 million overall, according to Ledbetter’s source. He is set to be the first of the Falcons many free agents that will re-sign deals. Free agent signing period begins on March 13, and teams have until March 5 to designate which of their free agents will be slapped with the franchise tag.
Biermann was a fifth round pick by the Falcons in 2008 and has been in and out of the starting lineup since then. He first emerged in 2009 as a reserve tallying 37 tackles and 5 sacks. He was promoted to the starting lineup the following year, but his production dipped to 28 tackles and 3 sacks. This past year he returned as a backup, and had 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Re-signing Biermann likely became a priority when talks with defensive end John Abraham seemed to be getting nowhere, and might be a stronger indicator that things on that front aren’t likely to change in the coming days. If the Falcons do not re-sign Abraham, Biermann would most certainly become the incumbent starter at right defensive end.