We have yet to hit the 4:00 p.m. mark for free agency, but teams are working hard to keep their staple players on the roster. The Atlanta Falcons made the announcement that they’ve signed DT Jonathan Babineaux to a 3-year contract extension.
Babineaux, 6-2, 300 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the second round (59th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He has played in 138 career games with 108 starts including all 16 games in each of the last two seasons. In nine seasons with the Falcons, Babineaux has totaled 370 tackles (263 solo), 23.5 sacks, three interceptions, 20 passes defensed, 10 fumble recoveries, and nine forced fumbles. He recorded 49 tackles (37 solo) with one sack, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 2013.
This is great news if you’re a Falcons fan. Babineaux has proven that he’s a great leader in the locker room, as many players have stated that they look up to him. He’s also a veteran that knows what is needed from his fellow teammates. While he’s reliable and will give you 100% every time he’s on the line, the Falcons will need to surround him with some help. It’s no secret that the defense struggled last year.
I don’t expect the Falcons to be too vocal in free agency, but I do believe they will have a strong signing right out the gate. Will be interesting to see how aggressive they are to fix the holes in their roster.
Stay tuned for more free agency updates as the day goes on.