According to reports by the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons and DE Kroy Biermann are very close to reaching an agreement for a new contract. According to Ledbetter, the deal will be worth around $11 million.
This is excellent news for the Falcons and Biermann alike. With the impending loss of John Abraham in free-agency, the Defensive End position is looking barren and a little low on talent. With lesser talent, the Falcons will depend on a rotation of defensive ends, rather than looking at two, dominant, three-down DE’s. Biermann may not be dominant, but he has an extremely high motor, never gives up on a play, and has a penchant for sacking Drew Brees (one of my favorite attributes).
This is also important with Atlanta’s hiring of new Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan a little over a month ago. Nolan was known for running a 3-4 defense as a head coach in San Francisco, and it would come as a surprise to nobody if he decided to implement elements of the 3-4 in with the Falcons base 4-3 defense.
This is where Biermann could be really special. He could potentially end up playing a whole lot of outside linebacker if the Falcons use the 3-4 extensively. He has a high motor, can get after the passer, and is not a huge liability dropping into coverage, as Mr. Ledbetter duly noted. There is another player who plays outside linebacker who is 6’3″ and weighs 255; his name is Clay Matthews. Now I’m not saying Biermann will be as good as Matthews, but if the Falcons get half the productivity Green Bay does from Matthews 2010 or 2011 seasons, he will be worth every bit of the $11 million he gets.