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Falcons sign DE Allen Bailey to 2-year deal

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The team moved quickly following some untimely injuries and bolstered their defensive line.

The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive end Allen Bailey to a two-year, $5.25 million deal, adding a strong defensive lineman to a group that has already been hit by the injury bug.

The signing happened following injuries to both safety J.J. Wilcox and defensive tackle Michael Bennett during the first day of training camp on Monday, which in turn followed the team losing defensive end Steven Means earlier in the offseason. In early June, the Falcons had Allen Bailey in for a visit, which ended without a deal, but they’ve managed to come to an agreement following yet another injury.

Allen Bailey had a career year in sacks in 2018 with six, but he’s always been noteworthy for his power and typically strong performances against the run. His former defensive coordinator in KC, Bob Sutton, is now with the Falcons. With the addition of Bailey, the team’s defensive line rotation gets a nice bump heading into training camp, as Bailey can mix in at end and defensive tackle and fare well in either spot.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, his deal will average $5.25 million per year and pay him $6 million this year, including $3.5 million guaranteed. The total value of the deal is $10.5 million.