Posted: 11:57 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014

UPDATE: Babineaux agrees to 3-year extension with Falcons 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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UPDATE 2 – 1:16 P.M.: Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux has agreed to a three-year contract extension on Tuesday, according to the team.  

UPDATE: Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux is closed to a three-year deal with the team in order to avoid him becoming an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. today, according to National Football Post.

Babineaux’s agent, Jack Bechta, is a contributor to the site and writes a wonderful column on the business side of the league called The Agent’s Journal.  

FLOWERY BRANCH — With less than 24 hours before the start of free agency, longtime Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux appears set to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Falcons have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to re-sign Babineaux or he will be free to negotiate with the rest of the league’s 31 teams.

Babineaux, 32, a defensive tackle and defensive end when the Falcons line up in their 3-4, does a lot of the dirty work in the trenches. He hS been the team’s most disruptive linemen.

He started all 16 games last season and had 42 tackles and one sack.

In 2012, he finished with 42 tackles (33 solos), 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles for losses, five pass breakups and he recovered a fumble that he returned for a touchdown against Arizona.

Babineaux, who surprisingly has never been voted to the Pro Bowl, has been one of the most productive linemen in the NFL.

Since he was drafted by the Falcons in 2005, Babineaux’s 49.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage are the most by any defensive tackle entering last season.

Babineaux has 22.5 career sacks. He achieved his career-high of six sacks in 2009.

The Falcons, who have elected not to use the franchise or transition tag this offseason, have now signed offensive lineman Mike Johnson and defensive tackle Corey Peters to one-year extensions.

The Falcons’ list of potential unrestricted free agents include Babineaux, center/guard Joe Hawley, defensive tackle Peria Jerry, tackle Sean Locklear, tackle Jeremy Trueblood, tight end Chase Coffman, cornerback Dominique Franks and linebacker Omar Gaither.

53 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Terrible decision.  Three more years of inflated ego and dancing antics is not going to be beneficial to team success.

JSSN
JSSN

So Soliai is going to be a $9.4M Cap Number ($2.8M DM). All of the safeties left are Byrd and Mitchell.

RBI
RBI

NFL Network just announced Falcons signed Tyson Jackson (DE), formerly of KC

JSSN
JSSN

They released DeCoud! It's the Jubilee! Crop that Skateboarding clown out of the photo!!!

doktrt
doktrt

If the Falcons continue this route we might be able to assemble our entire team from last year. I can hardly contain my excitement<insert sarcasm> Way to make a splash with that salary cap room TD.

Esquire
Esquire

Glad to have ya back Babs!!

Esquire
Esquire

"Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux is closed"   .......I can see the flashing neon sign hanging around his neck......

stevehere
stevehere

Gotta say I'm happy about this. He's been the Invisible Man Unsung Hero Do-Or-Die Guy during the best and worst of times for this always odd franchise. The fact that Nolan sees the need to keep him tells me he may just go back to a DE position.

JSSN
JSSN

@ Ledbetter

It is not like the deal Abraham signed in 2011? The Falcons really (stood) behind that one ;-)

JSSN
JSSN

Babineaux was always a defensive end. The Falcons moved him to defensive tackle in 2007 after they shed Grady Jackson. He should have been used like Red Bryant was in Seattle. But hey, it's the Falcons. Maybe now they'll come up with some rational form of a rotation. Babineaux has no business banging away every down or more than 55% of the snaps at DT! It is ridiculous.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Now there is no exusse 2 not drat Johnny fottball if U have UR defence in palce. 

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

the falcons continue to sign the same sorry players that made them 4-12  keep it up , so I can make a fortune betting against this stupid team , I am a falcon fan but I broke to many tv,s  before I started betting against them which made me happy now its a new season and I want to bet on them but crap like this its easy to know this team is crap to be guys like sam baker, at left tackle , Hawley , Johnson, snelling, Gonzales retired ., this team needs good young running back .

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

With this happening, and we pursue Paul Soliai, I see the defensive front being Peters, Soliai, and Babineaux. I think the team liked what Babs could do at DE last season and he has the perfect size for a 3-4 DE at around 295-300. Peters on the other side at DE is around 300-305. Soliai is 340+. What does this mean for Osi as well?


I don't know if we'll be 3-4 or 4-3, 5-5-2 or whatever the hell they wanna play, I just want a defense that can stop the opposing the offense from running all over us and throwing it when they're ready. 


GO FALCONS! 



AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

If this is true then it is good news! I thought the rumors were true about the 3-4 but if they sign Babs, then I dont think we are moving to a 3-4 but will show different D sets throughout the year. I think Babs had to be here, he has produced every year and he deserves to get paid with the Falcons. Smart move by our GM!

NorthFlaFalcon
NorthFlaFalcon

I will pack Jeremy Trueblood's stuff and help him pack, if another team actually picks him up! He was just awful last year. 

Dman
Dman

We need to resign Babs and Hawley. Can't afford to let them go...

Falconhooligan
Falconhooligan

Like Rambleon84 said I like Babineaux a lot, but he doesn't really fit in the 3-4 defense.  Falcons are moving to a 3-4 now.

slydawg
slydawg

I honestly believe the Falcons are gonna see what the market has set for him. I also believe he will get a contract tender. The team technically still has his "rights", so to speak, unless they get outbid. I believe the Falcons are saving all their guns for Starks, Soliai, Asamoah, Schwartz, De La Porta, Mike Mitchell, and possibly E. Monroe. After that, Babbs will get a contract. Just a guess here: The Falcons sign just enough players to go over the cap a little bit, then restructure deals from there.

TMANN68
TMANN68

Give Babs his money....he is a player!

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

DLed, here we go ahead...using age as an excuse. This is just another VET...in the long list of VETS that has helped a poorly constructed  DL and OL with EFFORT and ENERGY.   Maybe the BIRDS, want to see what the market is for him...it feels like ABE saga.


BAB is a guy with a HIGH MOTOR...every teams needs a guys like that...on defense. 

ftputt
ftputt

I bet they let him walk unless he takes a pay cut.

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

I like Babineaux a lot, but he doesn't really fit in the 3-4 defense.  If that in fact is where we're headed, then our personnel will understandably have to change as well to suit it.

ATL89
ATL89

Babs should get retire a Falcon.


BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

If Babs goes:


Get L Woodley (pitt) and J Peppers (chi) from FA

Draft Aaron Donald DT Pitt with 1st pick.


Defense would be setup nice


Dasdguy
Dasdguy

He's got at least 3 more years in him.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

BAB, SOILIA, L. HOUSTON


CLOWNY OR MACK, BARTU, WORRILOW, SPOON


TRUFANT, MOORE, WARD, ALFORD


Look real nice on paper, Byrd look real good also but want to much money


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Bring Bab back should be number one priority


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Last year you let your best DE go and now your best DT is let go, this why TD and Mike Smith will be fired because of dum move like this.


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

MitchJolly
MitchJolly

I like Babineaux, but as MackHickman pointed out he rarely makes the play when disrupting the backfield. Also, he is 31. Notice the league wide trend? If you are over 30 and going to cost a lot of money, you are not going to make bank. Can't pay everybody lots of money. What will happen is these guys will discover the market for them is low and they will either come back or sign for less somewhere else. 


Excited to see who signs where today. Free agency makes the NFL off-season fun. 

MackHickman
MackHickman

I actually think it makes sense. he's good at getting in the backfield, but he rarely makes the tackle when he's there. i say let ole boy see what else is out there while they see if they can upgrade

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

How the hell is Peria Jerry still on the team?! If we keep Jerry but let Babs go, I will then be convinced that Dimitroff is in over his head! 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Better resign this guy! We need him up front! One of the few bright spots on our defense! He gets in the backfield consistently. He may have only had one sack, but many times he's disrupting running back's lanes and creating havoc. Resign him please.

Ackshun
Ackshun

Here we go again as the "BRAIN TRUST" in Flowery Branch lets one of their best defensive players go to FA.  These guys are stupid, arrogant and refuse to learn from their own mistakes (see TD saying he didnt think it was a mistake to let John Abraham go..... I think Arthur Blank may disagree.  I AM SO SICK OF THESE GUYS DOING THIS CRAP AND LOOKING INCREDULOUS WHEN THEY ARE WEAK AT THE POSITION THE FOLLOWING YEAR!!  BOTTOM LINE IS THE FALCONS WILL NOT WHEN A CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE THEY MAKE POOR PERSONEL DECISIONS!!  TD may have been a decent scout at New England, he sucks as a GM.  Now I'll just sit back and watch this dumbass screw up the draft.  

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@JSSN Well he's not a true DE in the 4-3. He's more of a DT in a 4-3. Good player that needs someone with more pash rush talent to complement him. I.E. Abraham.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@reallygroovy  Maybe they'll draft a RB? As a matter of fact, it's likely. We only have 4 on the roster and 3 active on gamedays (Jackson, Rodgers, Smith). A RB in the draft is very likely.

bffriel1
bffriel1

@DawgGoneIt

5-5-2=12. 11 on the field. June Jones tried a 5-2-4 without success.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

The deal is reportedly worth $4 million guaranteed in 2014 and $9 million over three years...........I say that is fair and they took care of one of the home grown talent! Now to copy of off what JSSN said; if they use it corerctly he will get better with age.  Get him some back up!

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

@Dman HAWLEY IS NOT WORTH A CRAP SEND HIM TO TIBEK FOR ALL I CARE , JAKE LMATTHEWS PICK 1

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@Falconhooligan  

And the other thing is we as fans are not privy as to what the negotiations were up until this point.


The Falcons, knowing Babs is not an ideal fit, may have offered him a 1 year contract just to give him a chance since they know he is a hard worker and COULD work (though not ideally) as an undersized 3-4 end.


Babs may have thought he could do better elsewhere.


In short, we don't all need to always jump to the worst conclusions.


Yes, the Falcons fell short last year and Dimitroff shoulders much of the blame.  But that's football.  How quickly did we turn it around from 2007-2008?  One good offseason can make a big difference, and I think Dimitroff deserves the benefit of the doubt.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TMANN68  Exactly what I'm saying. But these idiots in the front office continue to let their best players walk away. I.E. Abraham last year, Vance Walker a couple seasons ago, Brent Grimes! etc, etc and the list goes on and on. 

ATL89
ATL89

I mean, Babs should get to retire a Falcon, and I'm glad he's back!!!!

BirdBeak
BirdBeak

@BigTimeTECHFan   That would be a typical Falcon move. Get players at the end of their careers who are not cutting it with their current teams. Get rid of players who are productive.

Dman
Dman

We don't have $50M to spend on these guys. Dream on...

JSSN
JSSN

@MitchJolly  

The "trend" is to extend earlier (regardless of age) at an advantageous cost. The players who are being cut/released/or optioning out are ones with old CBA deals at the end of their backloaded runs like Peppers, Babin, and Revis. 

RBI
RBI

@DawgGoneItR U really so stupid as to not see that this story clearly states that Jerry and Babineaux are both Unrestricted Free Agents --- they have the same status!

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

@Ackshun I agree with you the falcons will never win a super bowl , god will come and end the earth , I will never happen ever .

kjtoday
kjtoday

@DawgGoneIt @TMANN68 more delusional atl sports fans.....seems everybody love to bash the falcons brass, I wonder why these same people can't remember how horrible this organization was just 7 years ago. Last year was a fluke, with too many injuries (Julio, Rody, Baker, Johnson, Jackson, Witherspoon, etc) to overcome. They are on very good shape cap wise and draft wise. The birds will be once again flying high as contenders in 2014.


Go be delusional about your Dawgs chances of winning another championship and leave the professional sports to people who understand them. I bet you're one of the same knuckle heads that want to fire Mark Ritch lol 

JSSN
JSSN

@RBI

 I use to give him credit for being simply ignorant of certain things (DawgGoneIt). He needs to prepare better.

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

@Ackshun the only way the falcons screw this draft up is if they trade up for the clown from south Carolina .

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

Dude, you don't even know who the unrestricted free agents are on the roster. Who do you own? Silliness!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN @RBI  You're just mad because I owned you on every single post. You can't compete with me when it comes to being analytical or articulate. Deal with it. That's why you and your friend "RBI" follow all my posts around like lost puppies. You wanna be me but you will NEVER be as great as me!

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

@Ackshun at number 6 , there are 5 players that will be on board still , I belive q;b,s  will be first 4 of 6 picks so the rams and raiders , and god only knows what raiders will do , I believe rams take Matthews or robinson, so at 6 Atlanta will have a prime time player