Defensive end Kroy Biermann signed a new three-year contract with the Falcons on Wedneday.
He announced his return in a tweet, “Great News 2day!! I am happy 2 announce I will be remaining w/ the ATL Falcons. Thank U all 4 ur support and encouraging words! #gofalcons.”
During the negotiations, Biermann wanted a three-year contract while the team preferred a four-year deal. The deal is potentially worth $12 million.
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 started on Monday to make some moves to reduce their list of prospective free agents when they placed the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes. The league’s new business year starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Starting free safety Thomas DeCoud signed a five-year contract, tight end Michael Palmer and running back Antone Smith signed their exclusive rights contracts on Tuesday.
Negotiations with defensive end John Abraham, the team’s sack leader, are in a holding pattern. Negotiations with middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, the team’s leading tackler, were termed “amicable,” but no deal has been reached.
Here are the rest of the Falcons’ prospective free agents: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, wide receiver Harry Douglas, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, tight end Reggie Kelly, center Todd McClure, linebacker Mike Peterson, quarterback Chris Redman, offensive guard/center Brett Romberg, running back Jason Snelling, wide receiver Eric Weems and long snapper Joe Zelenka.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog