Posted: 2:22 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Corey Peters signs one-year deal 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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AUBURN, Ala. — Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters signed a one-year deal on Tuesday, according to the team.

Peters was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Monday. He suffered a torn Achilles late last season and elected to stay put for a year and test the market next season.

Peters, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, appeared primed to help put some teeth back into the run defense over last offseason.

In 2013, Peters started all 15 games and had 48 tackles (35 solo) with a career-high five sacks and two passes defensed. Additionally, Peters was named the Atlanta Falcons 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

He was clearly moving around much better after recovering from foot surgery that slowed him in 2012.

Peters appeared ready to fulfill the promise that he flashed in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

As a rookie, Peters, a third-round draft pick, started six of 15 games and had 40 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.

He moved into the starting lineup full time in 2011 and made 33 tackles, had three sacks, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 15 starts.

After starting the 2012 season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, he struggled. Peters started seven of nine games and finished with 21 tackles, a forced fumble and one pass breakup. He also registered a sack against San Francisco in the NFC Championship.

Peters was drafted in the third-round (83rd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft.

He has played in 56 career games, including 53 starts in four seasons in Atlanta. Peters has recorded 140 tackles (107 solo) with nine sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defensed.

23 comments
TheMonger
TheMonger

Can't believe how many naysayers there are when a 305 pound, run-stuffing DT just coming off a 5 sack season is not welcomed back.  I am not a fan of Dimitroff and his past moves, but this move is actually a smart one assuming it is a relatively modest one year deal.  We are very thin at DT and there is no assurance that Babs will be re-signed, so it is Peters, Robertson (a 7th rounder a few years ago) and nothing else.  This is assuming we don't re-sign Babs or Jerry, and we shouldn't, Babs is in decline and Jerry is a bust.  We need sign either Linval Joseph or Paul Solai in Free Agency and draft a DT in the first 3 rounds, along with a OL and DE/OLB.  Then another late draft pick or free agent.  Then we at least have some depth at DT going into camp, with Joseph/Solai, Peters, Stud Draftee, Robertson, another Draftee/free agent.  We need a complete makeover at DT after finishing 29th against the run last year, and 28th in sacks, which is about as bad as it gets.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

This was a safe signing after the injury. 

If he can't bounce back, he may be cut with minimal cap hit.

falcoon
falcoon

Peters, is as best a role player, not sure what was gained here, you need men on the defensive lines not teddy bears

ATLAquarius
ATLAquarius

He'll be a depth guy this year....which is needed.

Joe Atlanta
Joe Atlanta

 Here we go again.  The Falcons will be the same old organization that tries to resign their own, over-rated, over -valued players.  I see the same thing coming with Babineaux, Hawley & wouldn't be surprised if they tried to re-sign Peria Jerry.  I have no confidence in anybody in this organization to lead this team to a championship anytime soon.  I also blame the news media in this town for not taking the Falcons to task for these ridiculous signings.  Don't hear anyone being critical of this move in the print, radio or tv media.  With unrestricted free agent DT's (who aren't coming off of a serious injury) available, i.e., Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Jason Hatcher, Linval Joseph (who are much more impactful than Peters), the first guy they sign is their own who was part of one of the worst run defenses in the league.  Beyond ridiculous.  Remember also that the numbers that Corey Peters put up this year are his best numbers, a career year and this is his free agent year (think 'Sam Baker').  


This organization will never learn.  

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

"In 2013, Peters started all 15 games " --- say what?

OconeeJim
OconeeJim

SeenThatB4 you must live one pathetic loser of a life. Trolling blogs of a NFL team you don't like all day, every day, for years, just to make stupid snide comments.....Wow. What a loser. 

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

LOL!   He'll be on IR before the third game of pre-season!  LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@TheMonger  

Good post.  Here's how I feel: we should sign a couple O-linemen and one of each of mid-tier (or top-tier if we can get a good deal) DTs and DEs.


That way, we can let the draft play out and not worry about "biggest need" at #6.  The best picks are always made when the best available player is taken, rather than biggest need.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

All I want to see is the numbers. Second lower extremities injury in 4 seasons. I like Peters. He's one of the few Falcons that has exceeded his starting line. But anyone counting on him is really pushing it. For depth yes, for difference making, a wash. But it is better than Jerry!!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Nothing wrong with resigning this guy.

Per his late season injury, it's essentially an extension from his rookie contract.

Peters is far & away the best DL Hair-Gel has ever drafted.

Twisterfire
Twisterfire

@Joe Atlanta  While I agree with you that the Sam Baker signing was a horrible decision, I dont think only a 1 year deal for Peters is going to hurt us that much in the long run. Also, all those guys you listed as alternatives are much older than Corey except for Linval, which I think was part of the reason the organization decided to give him another shot.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@Joe Atlanta I personally love the signing... to compare it to Hawley or jerry is just plain stupid.  Corey was showing big upside last year and we need him AND Babs to resign.  I bet we got Corey on the cheap and if he comes back strong it gives us good tackle depth.  Not sure if you even watched the games if ur so ready to cut him.  We need depth, be worried if they retain that BUM decoud...

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgDadII  

It is "all 15 games" in this case. You can't really parse this one because he was only eligible for 15 games. Game 16 was off table due to injury.

TimA13
TimA13

@OconeeJim  Don't fuel his fire Jim just makes it worse. He only talks during winning seasons...

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@OconeeJim Actually, my life's fantastic, and I wouldn't trade it for yours, that's for sure!

BTW:  Happy Mardi Gras!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I agree on all accounts.

The contract is 1 yr -- 1 mil base plus 500k bonus & 100k bonus for 65% of team defensive snaps.

Peters is also only 25. If he bounces back from the AH, he'll be in line for his pay-day after next yr.