Atlanta Falcons re-sign DT Jonathan Babineaux

I didn’t like the Falcons other two moves, signing Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai, but I actually really like this move. Jonathan Babineaux is going into his age 33 season and has shown signs of decline over the past couple of seasons, but he’s still graded out above average on Pro Football Focus in each of the past 6 seasons, showing himself to be a rare model of consistency and maxing out as their #1 ranked defensive tackle in 2009.

The days of him being an elite player are gone and the days of him being even a solid starter could soon follow, but the price of 9 million over 3 years with only 4 million guaranteed and nothing guaranteed after 2014 is a very reasonable price to pay to bet that he can keep it up another year or two. If the Falcons are in fact switching to a base 3-4, Babineaux would fit fine as a 5-technique defensive end and, unlike Jackson and Soliai, he wouldn’t be a liability in sub packages.

Grade: A-




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