Since being selected in the fifth round back in the blockbuster 2008 draft, Biermann has gone from special teamer to rotational starter with special teams ability who actually kicked off in a game. He's nobody's idea of a star defensive end, but he's got a nose for the big play that shows up every now and then. Both of his career interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, and he's piled up 12.5 sacks over four seasons.
If the terms come anywhere near what DOL has them pegged at, it's a solid deal for Atlanta. A 3-4 year contract at $10-12 million total would give the Falcons close to a half decade of an end who plays pretty well in coverage, can rush the passer, is capable against the run and excels on special teams. With two young, unproven pass rusher types (Lawrence Sidbury and Cliff Matthews) and a mysteriously great run-stopper who showed little as a rusher in 2011 (Ray Edwards), Biermann's versatility makes him extremely valuable.
The Falcons are still likely to let John Abraham walk and need to add another high-upside pass rusher this off-season, but I'm glad they're getting this done. It's good to have quality depth at defensive end. A pre-emptive welcome back to Duff Man.
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