Update: Financial details are being reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Deal for Paul Soliai to the #Falcons: Five years, $33M with $14M fully guaranteed, per source. $11M this year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
While the move for the Atlanta Falcons to acquire former Kansas City Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah was somewhat expected, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team made a more off-the-radar move to bolster the defensive line by signing former Miami Dolphins DT Paul Soliai
Falcons agree to terms with DT Paul Soliai and G Jon Asamoah, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Financial details were not disclosed on either move, but Soliai’s addition would be huge for the Falcons. He is a 340-pound behemoth in the middle of the defensive line, and with rumors swirling that the team could be moving to a 3-4 scheme on a more regular basis, the move fits perfectly.
Here’s what Dave Choate of the Falcoholic had to say about Soliai when a rumor of Atlanta’s interest spread earlier in the process:
Soliai is a big body with a long track record as a borderline elite run stopper. At 340 pounds, he’s not going to lumber his way in to the quarterback all that often, but that’s not why you have him in the lineup. He occupies space, frees up other players and grinds the opposing run game to a halt. That’s a useful player, particularly as the anchor in a 3-4 front.
Soliai seems like an ideal fit, and this is great news for the Atlanta defense.