Atlanta Falcons: Kroy Biermann signs three-year deal

Defensive Kroy Biermann has agreed to terms on three-year deal with the Falcons.

Defensive Kroy Biermann has agreed to terms on three-year deal with the Falcons.

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

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[...] Ledbetter reports that Biermann signed a three-year deal. Exact terms are [...]

FalconJim

March 7th, 2012
6:30 pm

Glad to have “the beer man” a Falcon, for the next 3 years.

loyal falcon

March 7th, 2012
6:41 pm

Glad to have Biermann back. He’s going to flourish in Mike Nolan’s new defense.

Rell

March 7th, 2012
6:44 pm

Good to have Kroy Zolciak back……

Curious to know how much we paid him.

Now we need to get Lofton signed

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 7th, 2012
6:46 pm

Rell — We’ll have the exact numbers after he takes his physical tomorrow. His deal was expected to land in the $10-12 million range.

Sid

March 7th, 2012
6:54 pm

Snelling and Abraham are probably gone. Hate to see it but it’s “bizness”.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 7th, 2012
6:55 pm

Sid – Thanks for checking in!

obvious

March 7th, 2012
7:04 pm

Looking at the last two paragraphs you should pick one from the Abe – Lofton aisle and 2 from the last group. We need $ for OL, too bad there are no healthy studs available at LT.

Falcon James

March 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Glad to see Bierman get signed. He play pretty good. I see several more we need to close a deal with, a couple we need to send up the road. Looking forward to free agency next week. I hear Manning be looking for a job.

ATL Fan

March 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

A little much for a back-up kicker.

David

March 7th, 2012
7:41 pm

Resign Lofton, but do not overpay. He is good but not elite. Need hogs in the trenches both ways. Probably should let Abraham go as well if you can use that money and upgrade.

steven a smith

March 7th, 2012
7:42 pm

Overpaid for Bierman. Money could have been better spent…

steven a smith

March 7th, 2012
7:43 pm

Too expensive of a deal. Bad deal…

Fresh Birds

March 7th, 2012
7:47 pm

Thanks doe the news, any word on negotiations on the other FA. I forgot Redman was a fa

Fresh Birds

March 7th, 2012
7:48 pm

Sorry should of proofread I meant DOL not Doe

D Fence

March 7th, 2012
7:59 pm

5 more years of DeCoud? Guess they know/see something I dont.

Big Rod

March 7th, 2012
8:03 pm

Let Abe go because 12 million per year is way too much and sign Lofton the captain of our defense. We also need to make a deal with Grimes so we can get more cap room. Good job on getting Biermann signed because he makes big plays and has a non-stop motor. Thomas DeCoud is a young safety that gets ints and hits hard, when actully fits correctly.

Fresh Birds

March 7th, 2012
8:08 pm

Don’t see how they resign abe, he probably will end up in Oakland. Looking for to seeing Decoud earn his money beacuse right now I don’t see it. Hopefully we will sign Lofton back

BIRDSFLYHIGH

March 7th, 2012
8:33 pm

Delbert D.

March 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

Great news on Biermann. High-effort guy, a significant role player for the Falcons.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

Great, more money for this manly wife. The Hawks don’t make stupid deals like this. It’s time your Falcons fans wise up and buy Hawks tickets. At least they win in the playoffs, unlike these choking Falcons.

Ron the Man

March 7th, 2012
9:13 pm

The “Beer Man” has improved in leaps and bounds since we drafted him at about 240 lbs. He has been within a half step of the QB on numerous plays, and will surely pick up that half step with experience his determined hard work. Dled what about James Sanders you didn’t mention him has he signed?

MaxxFalcon

March 7th, 2012
10:20 pm

Biermann will be great on Special Teams and could be a real impact player in Nolan’s Defense. Good value here

Tom G

March 7th, 2012
10:31 pm

No chance we look at Peyton, right guys?

crabapplejoe

March 7th, 2012
10:49 pm

Does this mean that Sidbury got a new contract today as well?……

canadian falcon

March 7th, 2012
10:58 pm

can’t wait for fa. i hope we land levi brown from arizona, if the rumors are true that the cards are letting him go. And sign super mario before giving abe 12 million a year.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 7th, 2012
11:08 pm

Tom G — To do what? Backup the Ice Man?

are you serious?

March 7th, 2012
11:41 pm

I would rather eat glass and pee blood before i went to a hawks game.

Techbuzz

March 8th, 2012
12:05 am

Why am I not reading: Falcons re-sign Abraham to an extension? If we don’t re-sign Abe, there goes the ONLY pass rush we have. Bierman is alright.but he is no Abe. For that matter, neither is Ray Edwards.

Rikus

March 8th, 2012
12:35 am

@Techbuzz – because Abe is asking for a multi-year deal, averaging $12M a year! If he was asking for half that, you might see us resign him. The plan appears to be to let him test free agency. If he doesn’t get the interest he thinks he will, we might have a shot at him. If other teams are willing to overpay him, he’s gone.

PaulieOldSchool

March 8th, 2012
1:40 am

Enough Reality TV, Kroy, you need to be steppin’ your act on the field up a few notches. You got the talent, let’s see it demonstrated consistently now.

Nique

March 8th, 2012
2:31 am

Any news on talks with HARRY? R we having conversations with him yet???

Pinball34

March 8th, 2012
2:46 am

clay

March 8th, 2012
4:38 am

Let’s go out and get mario. Let abe walk, restructure ryan and turner’s deal which will leave us about 20-25 million under the salary cap and go out and get mario.

Whopper Dawg

March 8th, 2012
5:54 am

So pumped that we are keeping together the team that got pounded by the Giants save the only pass rusher. Way to go TD.

DC Dirty Bird

March 8th, 2012
6:23 am

Whopper, what else do you expect TD to do? The only CB released prior to the franchise tag deadline was Routt. He got offered great money from KC, setting the CB scale. So we basically were faced with franchising Grimes (who can still negotiate with other teams), hoping that TN doesn’t resign Finnegan, or hoping Brandon Carr wants to play for us for less than what Routt got. Decoud had to be resigned because the FA FS market is weak. Its a conservative approach, but not terrible. We really need to get Ryan extended so that we have cap room for Mario Williams. There are no franchise LT’s out there to get so almost any of the FA LT’s out there will be a band-aid.

My question is, what next?

Falcon James

March 8th, 2012
7:43 am

I don’t care what anybody say, Bierman is a good sign. Abe is old and used up. He was injured most of last season and only played good in 1 or 2 game. He basically was a warm body out there. Ray Edward is probably used up to. I think there will be a quality DE on the market next week and we may be able to pick up a younger guy in the draft to develope while we use up what Edward have left in his tank.

Veedub

March 8th, 2012
8:03 am

I like Kroy but dang!!!! I don’t think we overpaid him but it’s hard to see the vision for the defense right now.. Having to franchise Grimes seems extreme to me especially since he will be coming off an injury from last year. Truth be told, I dont think the Falcons have an elite player that would deserve the “Franchise” tag other that Roddy (even with his drops last year) or Abe (even with his aging).. Do we really expect anything out of Ray Edwards this year??? He was coming off a knee surgery last year so he was a non factor, and he had another knee surgery this offseason so what kind of production can we expect this year? Im thinking, not much!! So where are we going, really! We have a lot of money wrapped up in Dunta, Ray, and now Brent, These are not elite players #imjustsayin!!!!

Email Profiling Is Wrong

March 8th, 2012
8:04 am

Woohoo!

Will we see Kroy on ESPN or Entertainment Tonight?

Lets see if he can unscrew his priorities. Will he continue to fulfill his aspiration to be one half of a trash TV beautiful couple or start playing consistent D line and special teams for his employer (again).

One of his employers anyway. No telling how much Bravo pays him for his guest appearances on Housewives. What is the going wage for self-inflicted character assassination these days anyway?

Dear Troy. What Atlanta needs is not Kardashian lite. How about a return of the guy who was a heck of a football player – just two years ago?

Gamer

March 8th, 2012
8:06 am

BIERMAN PERFORMED WELL WHEN HE PLAYED.

HOPEFULLY THESE GUYS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EARNING THEIR PAY-DAY.

DON’T SETTLE FOR AVERAGE PLAY FOR ABOVE AVERAGE PAY…HOPEFULLY THE FALCONS PUT INCENTIVES PAY BASED ON THE PLAYERS PERFORMANCE.

GTJeff

March 8th, 2012
8:16 am

Why they kept this undersized unproductive moron is beyond me. Plus he is too busy playing HWoA with his skank hooker wife.

Hudd

March 8th, 2012
8:47 am

Weems had a huge dropoff. Make Douglas the priority. He can handle returns, too.

Augusta bred

March 8th, 2012
8:47 am

I don’t get why people keep saying go out and sign Mario Williams; he’s been hurt the last two years! This is one of the gripes most bring up about TD is that he signs players with health issues! That will mean Ray Edwards coming off knee surgery and Mario with the pectoral injury. No, no and no. Biermann is a great sign. You need players like him on your team! We need to lockup HD, McClure for one year,Hayden, Sanders, and Zelenka. I would like to see Snelling back; he is a player that does his job and doesn’t complain.

KC

March 8th, 2012
9:16 am

The Falcons placed the Tag on Grimes but did Grimes sign it?? There were initial reports that he wouldn’t sign it. No follow up..

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2012
9:19 am

DC Dirty Bird — How are things in the Nation’s Capital? You are correct, Grimes is a non-exclusive franchisee. Brees was the only exclusive. TD said on 790TheZione that they are not working on a Matt Ryan extension. (That will happen during next season if their pattern holds up.) The Mario Williams thing is just a rumor. They can’t afford him. Coach Smith’s comments at the combine indicate that he’s just fine with a healthy Sam Baker at LT. (Starting to hear the “We’ve won a lot of games with Baker” chatter.)
What’s next? My guess, maybe a play for Nicks if Lofton and Abraham don’t get done. They will search for attack linebackers in the draft, a TE late and some more OL depth. Attack backers like Spoon are the key to getting sacks and playing coverage in the revised scheme. Also, Kendall Langford from Miami is an option for them in free agency with Robert Mathis headed back to Indianapolis.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2012
9:20 am

Nique — Nothing from Harry’s people. They meet with his folks in Indy.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2012
9:21 am

crabapplejoe — Sidbury is under contract.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2012
9:23 am

Najeh Davenpoop — You can’t support both squads? I like watching the Hawks, but I’ve broken TVs from throwing stuff when Josh keeps shooting treys.

Samuel

March 8th, 2012
9:25 am

I don’t care who they, the Falcons bring in or let go. But what I do care about is the product they put on the field. I want to see a defense that has vastly improved from the defense of last year.

Chub Rock

March 8th, 2012
9:26 am

Hey does any one here think Biermann will “flourish in Nolan’s scheme”? I could care less who complains just as long as they perform on Sunday. I’m a Falcon fan, not their boyfriend. Biermann is not a need sign for 3 mill a year. Sidbury can do whatever Biermann can do and do it better and cheaper. So no way it’s a “great sign” unless your last name is Biermann. McClure should be signed for no more than the minimum and be a backup to Hawley. Hayden is injury prone and should be let go, we have our nickle now and his name is Dominque Franks. Two potential longsnappers were brought in a couple of months ago so I look for Zelenka to be replaced he is getting up there in age and its time to put someone in at longsnapper that can contribute down the field on special teams.

Augusta bred

March 8th, 2012
9:28 am

Forgot about Lofton; he’s the general on the defense.
D-led, what do you think about them letting Lofton walk for Chowder to take his place? Kind a seems like they’re using that leverage to bring Lofton back at a reasonable price.

JSS

March 8th, 2012
9:28 am

I’m still laughing at all of these folks who thought that “low balling” was going to work in this free agent market! All of these sideway moves and then tying yourself to DeCoud’s always late to recognizing the pattern or the run play is just fabulous! I wonder what curse word he screamed as Hakim Nicks went flying by him when over ran another play?

Bravo doesn’t pay Bierman a dime for RHOA. He is paid by True Entertainment. The producing company) pays “talent.” And no, it is not SAG rates.

30 yrs Falcons Fan

March 8th, 2012
9:30 am

JA is used up and was hurt most of the season and still led the team in sacks then the Falcons will have a huge problem next season withouth him. RE is useless! KB still had more sacks than RE did last season and he was coming off the bench. Sorry I simply don’t see the value in BG. His 5 feet nothing and yes he has great leaping ability but if you are leaping up with someone who is over 6 feet you are always at a disadvantage. Why are they not discussing an offensive line so that we can get better use out of that overpaid QB and RB we are stuck with not to mention JJ we gave up too much to get him. With the way the Falcons are going during the off season look for them to finish at the bottom of the NFC South. Yes the Bucs will have a better season.

Augusta bred

March 8th, 2012
9:31 am

@Chub Rock; Sidbury cannot do what Biermann can. Sidbury can only rush the passer and Biermann can drop back into coverage and rush from standing up. He is way more versatile than Sidbury. Don’t get me wrong though, that’s all i want Sidbury to do is rush the passer; i just hope the coaching staff lets him this year!

D man

March 8th, 2012
9:40 am

Good for Kroy, he’s a great football player to have on our team. Now sign Mario Williams, Eric Weams, Lofton, McClure, Snelling, and Carl Nicks from NO and we are all set to make a run at the Superbowl. :)

30 yrs Falcons Fan

March 8th, 2012
9:41 am

Mike Smith is useless! If he thinks the OL is good with Sam Baker he is delusional. I know some little league players that can out play Baker. Why are the Falcons always picking up crappy players? Can we please get a new GM and HC or at least someone who knows the game of football. I guess the game plan is to keep the less talented players (Decoud, Turner, Baker and Edwards) but get rid of the good ones (Abraham (led the team in sacks) and Lofton (led the team in tackles)). Watch out Biermann it looks like the better you play the less likely the Falcons are to keep.

Rod "straight outta Augusta"

March 8th, 2012
9:48 am

s/o my Augusta folk on here @augustabred —> C’mon people, who else were we going to sign for that kind of money at the FS position? Most of the upgrades were tagged. I think people are forgetting the Falcons only gave up 7 sacks yr one with Baker. He will bounce back. Pat Hill is known for getting the most out of guys. Besides, Matt Ryan gotta get rid of the ball quicker and utilize the slot position more. It is no excuse for not having Douglas more involved in the offense last year. I think we will see a difference this year in the overall play of the line. As for the DE, tell Abe to kick rocks ($12M a yr). If you break down snap count, Sidbury was a better pass rusher with half the snaps. Reminder: DE Matthews – we drafted in 7th round last year – is better than folks think. Biermann will be a lot better in Nolans defense….heck everybody will. BVG defenses were too vanilla and predictable….thats why we looked lost. #riseUP

roooo to DLED

D man

March 8th, 2012
9:50 am

30 year Falcons Fan – looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It appears you don’t like any part of this team. I’ve been a Falcon Fan for 42 years since I was old enough to sit and watch with my Dad and this team is soooo much better than any team we have ever had. My favorite team was the Bartkowski with the Gritz Blitz team but they didn’t do what it’s team has done. Try to think a little more positive. You’ll feel a lot better…

Nookah

March 8th, 2012
10:58 am

D man, you the man.

Nookah

March 8th, 2012
11:10 am

Guys, no need to get all worked up. March 13th draweth nigh. We’ll see TD get busy in FAgency.

DLed, why wouldn’t we make a play for Mario? He is the most disruptive Dlineman in the NFL, period. Apart from #18 he is the most valuable free agent on the market and if we are serious about winning a Superbowl soon, then this is the guy we must have. It’s no secret we have lacked a consistent pass rush over the last 4 seasons and we keep putting band aids on these “cuts” every year. Time to heal the wound and get the perfect antidote. We can dominate the division by doing this one move. This guy not only rushes the QB but he disrupts offensive possessions every time that ball is snapped.

It will cost us yes but if you don’t invest then you will be forever mediocre just like most of the rest.

Nuff respect!!

Go Falcons!!

Let Oakland sign the rest of the Atlanta "Housewives"!

March 8th, 2012
3:21 pm

Oh joy, we get to keep one of the obnoxious “housewives” in atlanta…..ugh
still never understood how half the so called “housewives” on all the stupid “housewive” shows were not married, yet were considered one of the “housewives”.

John John

March 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

What do you mean we don’t have enough money for Mario Williams?? I mean we certainly have enough, and he is my #1 target for our team, along with Nicks. Read ESPN every once in awhile, the Atlanta Falcons were about 30.5 million under the cap from every source I’ve read….Now I know the Brent Grimes signing is about 9.6 to 10 million from everything I have read, Bierman another 3 and Decoud another 2.5….Havent had time to read the Snelling signing so anyway that leaves us at around 15 million in space, and thats not including some room we make by waiving guys like Baker (3 million), Ovie (3 million) and a few other guys that total around 2 million. That’s 8 million, to bring us back up to 22-23 million under the cap….that is plenty to sign Mario, who will probably command 14-15 million a year, especially considering his injury history. That leaves us 8 million to sign Snelling, Douglas, and another role player or two. I would have liked to keep Lofton, but in this scenario it doesnt work, as we NEED Mario Williams a little more..I think Akeem Dent can really lay the thunder, after watching him all 4 years at UGA. He really thrived under Grantham his final year, and I think he just gets better and faster every game. Give him a shot in between Spoon and Nicholas. I really wanted to go after 2 OL in Free Agency, but we need Mario more, plus from Mike Smith’s quotes about “not minding seeing Sam Baker at LT next year” seems to indicate they might go with OL in the draft as oppossed to FA. Either way OL is just as important as a DE for the Falcons, and they need to use both their 2nd and 3rd round picks on a G and T for the offensive line.

John John

March 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

excuse me, I meant to say “the Brent Grimes franchising” not signing, as I am aware the Falcons have not signed Grimes at this moment…..for the smart mouths out there in the blogosphere…

Also, if we don’t go hard after Mario Williams, I think we defeinately need to make a hard run after Carl Nicks. Offensive G and DE need major improvement on the Falcons. I really would like both, but I know that is a pipe dream…since I have to pick one, I still say we go after Mario Williams and draft a OG in the 2nd round, and see if maybe we could get Marcus McNeil on the cheap to compete with Sammy Boy Baker at LT.

CuseFalcon

March 8th, 2012
5:15 pm

MARIO WILLIAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! That would be clutch!!!!!! Spend the cash!!!!

CuseFalcon

March 8th, 2012
5:17 pm

John John…..I agree with your synopsis……I think Lofton has turned into Brooking…..tons of tackles but none on the othe side of the line of scrimmage or with big play impact….just sayin

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March 8th, 2012
6:47 pm

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Nativebird

March 8th, 2012
8:36 pm

Worst signing of the offseason. This lame brain is a NONFACTOR on defense, no difference maker….taking up roster spot. Horrible mistake.

regina

March 8th, 2012
11:27 pm

I am so not impressed by this re-signing. The people we need to let go, we keep. The ones we need to keep, will probably leave. Stupid is as stupid does. The falcons draft stupid anyway, so it doesn’t matter that we DON’T have a 1st rounder. TD and Coach Smith are both morons.

Preston Thompson

March 9th, 2012
9:22 am

Two signing I’m glad to see. Snelling and the Beerman. Those are two solid football players. Give me 11 who play for the love of the game in the place of 11 that make the big money and I show you a winning team. The Falcons need speed on the D and Koy has that. Jason is just solid. He one fellow the team can trust to do what he’s supposed to. The Falcons prove money don’t make for a SB.

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