Atlanta Falcons: Biermann set to sign contract extension

Defensive Kroy Biermann has won the respect of Hines Ward.

Defensive end Kroy Biermann is set to sign a contract extension with the Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons’ free agency dominoes are set to start falling and Reality Television star and defensive end Kroy Biermann is not going to be tardy for the party.

Biermann’s re-signing is “imminent” and expected within the next 36 hours, according to a person close to the negotiations.

The final sticking point is that Biermann wants a three-year contract. The team would like to lock him up for four years. The deal will land in the $10-12 million range, the source said.

Biermann, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft, has been a core special teams player, part-time starter and key player in the defensive end rotation. He’s also has been solid when dropping in coverage, a particular skill that may get more use under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Biermann has played in 64 games and made 17 starts. He started 14 of 16 games in 2010, when the Falcons went 13-3 and won the NFC South.

Last season during the lockout, Biermann had a son and married “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak.  A recent episode featured Biermann and his family settling into their new home.

The Falcons, who met with several agents while in Indianapolis last week during the NFL scouting combine, figure to make additional moves this weekend as they have until Monday to use the franchise tag.

If the Falcons do not re-sign their own players, they will become unrestricted free agents at 4 p.m. on March 13, when the league’s new business year starts.

Here’s the list prospective free agents: Abraham, John DE; Chambers, Kirk OL; DeCoud, Thomas S; Douglas, Harry WR; Grimes, Brent CB; Hayden, Kelvin CB; Kelly, Reggie TE; Lofton, Curtis LB; McClure, Todd OL; Peterson, Mike LB; Redman, Chris QB; Romberg, Brett OL; Sanders, James S; Snelling, Jason RB; Weems, Eric WR and Zelenka, Joe LS.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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107 comments Add your comment

Matt

March 1st, 2012
10:24 am

Jeff B

March 1st, 2012
10:30 am

Well if Abe might walk, we needed to bring the Beer-man back. Can’t wait to see these extensions come rolling in!

the silverman

March 1st, 2012
10:46 am

I dont get this move at all. Sidbury had more sacks than him in half his playing time. I think it would be better for us to go get a DE in free agency weather it be Avril or anybody else than bierman.

chc4

March 1st, 2012
10:47 am

Biermann is good a top backup but no way is he starter caliber. Gotta think we’re hoping Mario Williams hits the market with Abraham as the fallback.

[...] 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. [...]

IceColdATLien

March 1st, 2012
10:53 am

Like the column said, he seem to fit Nolan’s preferred 3-4 D scheme.

Die Hard Falcon

March 1st, 2012
10:57 am

This is a guy I’m happy to have back, solid player and perfect fit for our hybrid defense of Nolan, he might flourish. Hope we get him at a lower # so we still have plenty of cap room. I would like to see some of our guys restructure contracts to help the team, I guess we would have to win the SB to get them to try that.

mark

March 1st, 2012
11:05 am

Good resign in my opinion. Sidbury is very subpar versus the run, and also is not a FA “the siverman”. “IceColdATLien” Mike Nolan has already stated in a press conference that he will not be switching to a 3-4D. I look for the Birds to sign a DE FA. I don’t think Cliff Matthews is ready for a starting role. Hell they may platoon guys in that position to keep constant fresh legs in the game. We as fans are gonna see a totally different defense this year. Go Birds!!!

McBubba

March 1st, 2012
11:07 am

He drive’s a MAN truck, and that’s what matters most to me..

Joe Tess Fish House

March 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Wow. Anoter dumm sighing by Tomas Dummytroff. This guy is more itrested in old dumm blonds then he his in palying football.

Mr Dummytroff pleez sigh some 1 who can play fottball!

Reggie Ball

March 1st, 2012
11:14 am

Just drop the skank

how you figure?

March 1st, 2012
11:17 am

@the silverman…..12.5 for Kory 4.5 for Larry Sid…. um simple math here….you should really double check facts before you post something on a message board……

Drunkinmoron1

March 1st, 2012
11:18 am

@Joe Tess Fish House *another, *dumb, *intrested *dumb again *please *sighn *someone and *football

SeminoleWarrior

March 1st, 2012
11:25 am

This is a very fine move. The Bier Truck is a solid player that has been grossly under-used in the previous soft defensive scheme. That should change with the Nolan hire.

If and when the Falcons transition to the 3-4, the truck can transition to an OLB position or possible move inside where his coverage skills would supplement who ever is the other ILB.

Nice start to FA, TD. I believe in your Process!!!! It is STILL the best hope we have for a chance to finally get our hands on the Lombardi.

the silverman

March 1st, 2012
11:29 am

@Mark I didnt say Sidbury was a free agent. All I said is that I felt Bierman was out performed by him with half the snaps. I feel with more playing time he could be more productive. The last two years we have given Bierman ample playing time for him to not play well. If we are not going to sign Abraham I would like to see us go after someone else and use Sidbury in the rotation with the other defensive end and Edwards. To me thats seems like a better option than Edwards, Bierman, and Sidbury.

SeminoleWarrior

March 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Note to the wise…

Nolan’s system does not require extensive sack numbers by any one person. Sacks in a Nolan scheme are collective in nature. So it Sid, Edwards, and the Truck can get between 4 to 6 each in the season, they will be doing fine.

The NFL average for sacks is: 7. Only 15 men, of all the pass rushers in the NFL, 15, had double digits sack totals. It is not the norm, people; it is the exception.

JSS

March 1st, 2012
11:33 am

$3 million a year for Biermann… OK… This is going to be interesting on the days following March 13th…

Jeff B

March 1st, 2012
11:33 am

@mark – yes Nolan stated that we will not be switching to a 3-4. However, he and Smith have said repeatedly that we will be doing some “multiple” looks on D. That means that while our base D might still be 4-3, we will use 3-4 looks in certain situations. Therefore, it helps to have players who can work in both systems.

Jeff B

March 1st, 2012
11:34 am

@the silverman – Sacks are not the only measure of a DE’s performance. Yes, they are the most eye-catching and crowd-pleasing. But the truth of the matter is that Biermann has contributed a lot more to our defense over the last few years than Sidbury.

Falconmike

March 1st, 2012
11:37 am

I think Biermann would be a very good OLB. I’d like to see him slim down 10-15 lbs and dominate as a LB who could rush the passer and drop into coverage as well. Hopefully, Mike Nolan will explore this option.

Sid

March 1st, 2012
11:42 am

Get er’ done!

History Revised

March 1st, 2012
11:47 am

blah, blah blah….No way ANY OTHER TEAM in the league gives this guy 3= million a year!!!!

the silverman

March 1st, 2012
11:51 am

@Jeff B When I said productive I didnt just mean sacks. I know obviously this is the statistical category that he beat Bierman in but this is not the only reason I feel he out played brierman. The past couple of years when Bierman has gotten a lot of playing time his presence has not been felt that much on the run or pass. In the short time we have seen sidbury i have seen alot more explosiveness of the line and a little more impact. I can see where people are coming from talking about Nolan getting more out of him because I think Nolan is a great defensive coach, but for the third defensive end on this team (assuming we sign someone else) I would rather see what we can get out of Sidbury than resign Bierman.

falconsguy111

March 1st, 2012
11:52 am

4 years 10-12M deal to a part time starter?? The guy was a non-factor on the team. Plus he is a distraction married to that ……

What is the GM thinking???

True Falcon Fan

March 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

Hey illogical — you know who you are, no id is necessary, my guess is now this is your grand idea plan of Falcons “implosion” for the 2012 season starting on 3/12 — wtf U underachiever, “walking book of knowledge”??? Why do you even bother entering your illogical opinion and knowledge of the ajc Atlanta Falcons blog?? You’ve stated several times you could careless about Atlanta Falcons for that matter any Atlanta, Ga sports. Give it up drip!

The wondrous “underachiever” wizard of OZ

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

I bet all you guys are awesome at fantasy football.

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

Making moves in fantasy football is so close to the real thing that the Falcon’s GM should definitely respect your opinion.

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

How much film have all you fantasy GM’s evaluated?

The Shogun of Harlem

March 1st, 2012
12:13 pm

The Falconator

March 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

Bierman is a pretty good player but hardly a difference maker. The Falcons are loaded with pretty good players who are not difference makers. Teams with pretty good players usually do pretty well. The Falcons will do pretty well during 2012, but the 2010 season was probably the high watermark for the current crop of Falcons. Picking 55th and beyond in the draft will net the team a couple more pretty good players, but no difference maker. If TD bombs in FA with another pretty good player a la Edwards, the natives will be very restless and 2012 might turn out to be not so pretty. I’m pretty disillusioned with the whole thing.

Jumpin Joey

March 1st, 2012
12:23 pm

PEOPLE!! It’s all about what will the be GUARANTEED $$$!! Lets say KB signs a 4-yr/$12M deal. Probably 7-8M is guaranteed. So, that is pretty fair for both sides.

The name is Matty Fire, cause that's what my a$$ catches on when the blitz comes......

March 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

God, I wanted him and his horse bride to leave in FA.

Why Not

March 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

Bad move on the Falcons part…

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

The Falcon’s should go out and sign all of the “difference makers” on the market and forget about quality depth. I’m sure none of the other 31 teams are interested in “difference makers.” Is there an official statistic on each players “difference makership” that I can review online?

True Falcon Fan

March 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

Why not — You apply to be a coach or GM, since you have a profound knowledge of players —- or better yet Why not just move on with your BS!

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:42 pm

If I was Thomas Dimitroff, I would sign Mario Williams, Peyton Manning, and trade for Darrelle Revis without giving up anything. It would also fit right under the salary cap…I love fantasy football.

Saint Hater

March 1st, 2012
12:45 pm

Silverman, maybe we arwen’t watching the same Bierman, but I can think of several plays off the top of my head where his presence was more than felt, it changed games. He is athletic, quick, and has a great motor, and even though we may not have a 43/34 hybrid, we’ll have ninja looks and zone blitzes that take advantage of his coverage skills. Skills Sidbury hasn’t exhibited yet. Good move, TD

Shameful Falcon

March 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

He had a great 2010, but didn’t do much in 2011. We should be able to get him much cheaper than this.

Shonuff

March 1st, 2012
12:50 pm

I’m mad at Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith. They spend probably “0 percent” of time reading these blog posts and just think of all the great advice they could get if they did!

jay

March 1st, 2012
12:57 pm

That’s about he right price. Let’s hope it’s more towards the 10 mill than the 12 mill and please make sure that’s a 4 year deal not 3.

the silverman

March 1st, 2012
12:58 pm

@Saint Hater (Love the name by the way) I guess we were not watching the same Bierman. Besides the play against Clevland I cant think of any plays where Bierman’s presence changed the game.

geno

March 1st, 2012
12:59 pm

Sign Marcus Colston, It would really help the passing game.

ROD

March 1st, 2012
1:09 pm

Bad, bad, signing. Am I the only one that notice he play went down once he got on that reality show. I don’t recall hearing his name that much at all. I didn’t hear his name, nor Edwards. Come on FALCONS, you all need to spend this money wisely. But this is not good. Very disappointed!!!!!

True Falcon Fan

March 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Shonuff —- That’s beautiful! LOLOLOLOLOL-:)

True Falcon Fan

March 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

1:09 pm — Hey OZ or illogical – totally irrational — there’s another one that is “Clueless”!!!!

DDPO

March 1st, 2012
1:28 pm

No ROD, you aren’t the only one who noticed. The same can be said for Lamar Odum…

GSUStud

March 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

Bad decision. Bierman is NOT worth that much. No other team would pay anywhere near that. Please sign someone else that will be worth it and make a difference.

Nique

March 1st, 2012
1:47 pm

Have we begun to talk to Harry yet?

[...] to reports by the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons and DE Kroy Biermann are very close to reaching an agreement for a new contract. [...]

Mave2124

March 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

Thanks for the memories Abe….quoting Nolan “I’d rather have 10 guys with 4 sacks than 4 guys with 10″….very telling on how much we will pay for certain players.