Update: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is now reporting financial terms for the deal:
Jonathan Babineaux’s 3-year extension with #Falcons: $4M guaranteed in 2014. $9M over the course of the deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
The big news on the eve of Tuesday’s NFL free agent kick-off in Atlanta has been the rumored pursuit of guard Jon Asamoah, but the Falcons have upstaged themselves with an internal move to re-up one of their own.
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) March 11, 2014
Long-time defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux returns on a 3-year contract, and while terms were undisclosed, it’s a good bet that it is a significant chunk of change. Babineaux, who is now 32 years old, has been with the organization since 2005, and has been the most consistent member of the defensive line over the past several seasons.
It was widely speculated that the former Iowa Hawkeyes star would find a new home this off-season in order for the Falcons to get younger on the defensive line, but the organization bucked that trend, moving just before the 4:00 exclusive deadline for teams to negotiate with their own free agents. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility for the team to bring in another body on the interior defensive line, but with Babineaux and the newly resigned Corey Peters, it isn’t the gaping hole that many peg it to be.
Stay tuned for more free agent updates as they arrive.