Paul Fuapapa Soliai was born on December 30, 1983 in Santa Ana, CA. He moved to American Samoa later and attended Nuuuli Poly Tech High in Pago Pago. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the Coffeyville (KS) Community College. There, he played guard and earned All-Jayhawk Community College Conference honors both seasons. He also earned 1st team JUCO All-American honors as a sophomore. He was an honorable mention candidate for JUCO All-American his freshman year. He then transferred to Utah, where he redshirted his first year. As a junior in 2005 he moved to defensive tackle and played in 12 games with 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and 1 sack. As a senior, he started all 12 games at nose tackle, finishing with 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery, and a blocked PAT. He earned 2nd team All-Mountain West honors that year as well. He was originally drafted in the fourth round (108th overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 NFL Draft. Named to AFC squad for 2012 Pro Bowl.
Signed by Miami Dolphins on June 7, 2007 ... Dolphins placed Franchise Tag on him on February 24, 2011 and he signed his tender on February 26, 2011 ... Re-signed by Dolphins on March 14, 2012 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 11, 2014.
2012: He signed a two-year $12 million deal with Dolphins in 2012 ... 2014: Signed a five-year deal worth $32 million with the Falcons in 2014. That deal included $14 million in guaranteed money, including a $7 million signing bonus. The rest of the guarantees came from his 2014 base salary, 2014 roster bonus, and 2015 base salary. That roster bonus is worth $2 million in 2014. He is also due to $500,000 total in per-game roster bonuses in 2016 ($31,250 per game). He will receive $1 million in per-game roster bonuses ($62,500 per game) in both 2017 and 2018. His base salaries are: $2 million (2014); $3 million (2015); $5 million (2016); $4.5 million (2017); and $6 million (2018). His 2015 base salary will become fully guaranteed if he's on the roster on the third day of the 2015 league year. His cap hits will be: $5.4 million (2014); $4.4 million (2015); $6.9 million (2016 and 2017); and $8.4 million (2018).