The jury is still out on the Atlanta Falcons with regard to both sides of their interior lines, but when the 2014 season opens, there will be a familiar face on the defensive side of the ball.
The Falcons have signed DT Corey Peters to a one-year deal today #RiseUp
— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) March 4, 2014
Jay Adams of the Atlanta Falcons announced that the team signed defensive tackle Corey Peters to a 1-year deal on Tuesday, and this is a signing that was somewhat expected. Peters has been with the team since being selected in the 3rd back in 2010, but the 25-year-old tackle was having the best season of his career in 2013 before injuring his Achilles against the 49ers near the end of the campaign.
At the time of the injury, Dave Choate of the Falcoholic secured this injury analysis, courtesy of Peters’ agent:
Recovery time on low end will be around 6 months. At most we are looking at 8 months. So the time frame until he is 100% healthy is between 6 and 8 months. Which will have him ready to go by training camp at the earliest, preseason at the latest, but ready for the season.
If this plays out as expected and Peters is 100% by the downbeat of the 2014 season, I love this move. He is the best (read: only) run-stopper on the Atlanta defensive line, and while I love Jonathan Babineaux (who may be gone, anyway), he has always been a significantly better pass-rusher than run-stuffer given his 280-pound frame. Peters is closer to 300 pounds, and was utterly explosive at times this season, even garnering 5 sacks over 15 games from the tackle spot.
Expectations won’t be sky-high because of the injury, but if that scare brought his asking price down to a place where the Falcons could manage it (financial details weren’t available at this time), I love this move for Atlanta in an attempt to provide quality depth. There is a lot of work to do on the defensive line, but Peters can be a building block.