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Corey Peters Bounced Back In 2014. What Lies Ahead?

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Will Corey Peters return to the Falcons in 2015?

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The other day, we talked about Sean Weatherspoon's chances of returning. To continue in the same vein, we turn our attention to defensive tackle Corey Peters.

Peters was a much-maligned third round pick back in 2010, but all he's done  since arriving in the NFL is play effectively. His 11 sacks over the last five seasons are among the team's leaders—no, seriously—and he's reliable as both a run stopper and pass rusher up the middle. No one is going to tell you Peters is a truly great player, perhaps, but he's a good one, he's still just 26 years old and he had five sacks in 2013. The Falcons would presumably like to have him back.

The complicating factor here will likely be his contract. Peters tore his Achilles in December 2013, knocking him out until the summer and arguably limiting his production early in the season. By late in the 2014 season, though, Peters looked like himself and was a disruptive force for a Falcons defense in terrible need of one. He played the entire year on a cheap, prove-it deal, and now his contract is up.

Peters won't play for a one-year deal again, and chances are good he'll be looking for $3-4 million per year to be a key cog on the Falcons' line. There's room in the budget for that, I believe, and with a smartly structured deal you can lock up Peters through his age-30 season and ensure you've got an effective veteran presence up front. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I believe the Falcons should re-sign Peters, and I also have to think they will.

In the end, it'll likely come down to price and whether Peters is interested in pursuing another offer on the open market. He seems comfortable in Atlanta and isn't in danger of being buried on the depth chart anytime soon, so fingers crossed.

What say you?