Posted: 6:11 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Falcons re-sign defensive lineman Peria Jerry 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons defensive lineman Peria Jerry rushing the passer against Seattle in 2011. (Associated Press)

Falcons defensive lineman Peria Jerry rushing the passer against Seattle in 2011. (Associated Press)

Defensive tackle/end Peria Jerry, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, has re-signed with the team, according to the Falcons.

At the outset of free agency, the Falcons appeared set to part ways with Jerry. His career arc was stunted by a gruesome knee injury in his second NFL game.

“There’s nothing going on,” said agent Bus Cook said on Friday, March 7th before the start of free agency.

Jerry was selected with the 24th pick in 2009, two picks before the Green Bay Packers selected Clay Matthews III. While Jerry battled injuries, Matthews turned into a four-time Pro Bowler and was the Sporting News’ defensive player of the year in 2010.

After coming back from the knee injury, Jerry played sparingly in 2010.

The Falcons’ position of not announcing details of injuries helped fuel the perception that Jerry’s has been a bust. In the second game of his career he suffered what was described as a “severe” injury. But the details were never forthcoming.

In 2010, he played about 30 percent of the snaps, but was inconsistent. The following season he started four of the 16 games that he played in. In 2012, he started nine of 14 games as he played some defensive end when the Falcons were in a 3-4.

Last season, he played 678 snaps, had 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He played defensive end when the Falcons used their 3-4 alignment and defensive tackle in the 4-3.

Jerry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wanted to return.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Jerry said. “You (don’t) have any control over that. Really, we are just playing it by ear to see what happens. There is nothing that you can do about it. That’s the people upstairs’ decision.

“I started here and would love to stay here.”

Looks like he’s going to get that chance.

82 comments
B_D
B_D

Peria resigned????   They must see something most of us don't.  I hear his name called once or twice a season.  Out of all of the defensive lineman, he seems to be the worse.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Peria Jerry - how many ways can you say DOOSH BAGG.

Esquire
Esquire

Surprising to say the least.  But do me a favor P.J., bring everything ya got.

Sis-Boom-Bah
Sis-Boom-Bah

Oh NO! What’s next – Resigning DeCoud? If EITHER of these mistakes is on the roster next August, the rebuilding of a credible team will have failed. If BOTH make the roster, even as backups, 2014 will be another disaster.

Falcons63
Falcons63

 We all love to play GM and clamor for our favorite player to be signed in Free Agency or drafted,  But let's be serious here.  It's fun.. but in reality none of us are qualified to make the decisions NFL GM's are making.  Peters.... 0.00 guaranteed money.  Jerry... 0.00 guaranteed money.  I freely admit I'm nothing more than a HS assistant coach, However, In my uneducated opinion, these appear to be smart, no risk signings. 

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

JSSN......The Falcons have improved. They will continue to have their ups and downs, hit and misses with players. But currently there have been more good than bad. We will see if the graph will start trending back upwards. They have made seemingly solid moves to improve the trenches where it was needed.. If you just think back to those West Division days......things are so much better.

Dman
Dman

Since JSSN actually said something positive about a couple of my Falcons below, I will say what I don't like about the Falcons since I have been accused of being too pro Falcons. Let's start with the first owner who didn't give a crap about our team and I had to suffer through all those years as a fan and had plenty to talk negative about back then. Today, I'm not all that impressed with our head coach. Reminds me of Mark Richt, too nice, players love him but he can't seem to take them up to that Championship level that coaches like Lombardi, Parcells, and Bilichick have done. There is a coach that is currently coaching college about 3 hours west of here that I think fits that build. Next, we don't have any depth and I was the first to say it last season after watching us lose those leads after our starters left the field in preseason. And Last, if the Falcons think I am going to pay a PSL in the new stadium they are smoking crack... That's all I got to say about that...

Dman
Dman

I'm trying to understand this re- signing. Since they got him for less than a Million/per year, I guess this is ok but how many DT's do we really need. We still need an OLB and a Safety. Guess that will be addressed early in the draft.

ganon88
ganon88

 I with JSSN ON THIS ONE, WTH WAS THEY THINKING, JERRY IS GABAGE.(AND I SPELLED THAT WRONG ON PURPOSE)

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

He was ok last year as a backup/run stopper.  And now he will be paid like a backup.  I'm ok with this signing.

Those of you screaming "bust"... well now he will no longer be paid like a first round pick.  What's done is done.  Now he will be a solid backup.

Mikefalcon63
Mikefalcon63

This is a camp body signing and the contract is worth less than his rookie contract from what I have read.  

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

DLed if you will..............what the heck is the rationlization behind this? Why ae we wasting cap space on Jerry?  Are we still afraid to admit fault when it is staring us in the face?  Please man ask the TOUGH questions when you get back to the Branch! This just does not make sense to me!

And on a side not please tell Willie Mo to shut his fat mouth and play ball. He is actually crying that they cut DeCoud!? Hey Willie a few words of advice; stop leading with your helmet and come in this year learning how to cover someone!

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

Holy crap man. The Worst GM Evah's ego costs us again. Oakland DT Sims available and he re-signs the Bust, the Ryan Leaf of DTs?

If you ever wondered whether the Flacons are serious, we'll perish that thought here.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Just grate. They cut him finaly liek they shuld but now they go and resigh him?


Dummytroff R U ridin the shot bus this week?

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

JSSN.....If you are not a fan of any team, you are no fan at all...........so why bother?


Linemen, linemen, linemen........Go Falcons! See that didn't hurt a bit......hahaha

JSSN
JSSN

Don't keep deleting that dimwit's posts. His team can't back up all of his big talk! Let the record exist, so then he can find out what true "obnoxiousness" is! Especially when it is thrown back in his face! Ask Esquire what "wolfing" gets you! 1/3 of you have a Saints stuck so far up your colons you can't see the sky is blue! Another 1/3 want to talk football and are bearable and you can communicate sensibly back and forth. Then there is that 1/3 that off of Planet Claire and needs a NSA surveillance satellite and black ops team on call for a possible extraction to Guantanamo for! Guess where you fall zuzu? You're clueless, and 4-12 fits you like a glove!

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Jadeveon Clowney is the next step for the defense.


TRADE UP !

OneRyder
OneRyder

The more quality depth on the D line, the better. Fresh legs makes everyone better. You're not going to have a pro-bowler for depth. Instead you have guys like Jerry for depth. Dont complain...this is solid decision.

JSSN
JSSN

Ha ha ha ha, all of that BIG talk about toughening up! All of those DTs sitting there just waiting to be scooped up in the draft or as UFAs ! But what do they do? They throw away cap space and they bring back Jerry! Phwet!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63  

You waste time, that is the risk. Coaching time is minimum in the NFL. If his PCL strain is a sign of something deeper. He's gonna have some incentives (those aren't ever listed i.e. snaps, games, etc.), it doesn't mean he has provided quality in those incentives. Just be aware, there's always risk half game played appearances and then poof he pulls a "Peria Jerry" and ends up on the injured list or worse the IR again. 

JSSN
JSSN

@LeftisnotRight  

If you only had to worry only about the NFC South (like old NFC West) when the Falcons and the Saints were clearly red-haired step children of the Niners and the Rams sure. But this is not those times, the conditions have changed. So many of you are satisfied with the "appearance of being competitive."  I've said before, that leaves you being the 1990s era Vikings and Chiefs. A certain idiot will say this comment is "full of irrelevant facts." John Kennedy used to quote his grandfather, the great Boston politician John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. "You have to reach when there's Blue Sky!" To make it quick, great opportunities don't wait for you to get it right. You prepare properly, you'll take advantage when it is time. All things were put out for them, and they weren't ready for "Blue Skies!" Expect better, but you have to be way beyond prepared in all ways for the chance. That is why Carolina will be kicking themselves as well.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Call your dealer, that PSL is gonna be in the mail Jan 2015!

Dman
Dman

And that is when I start buying tickets from scalpers because it will be cheaper...

JSSN
JSSN

@Mikefalcon63  

Until Ledbetter checks in with the NFLPA documents, you can't trust it.

JSSN
JSSN

@LeftisnotRight  

"Linemen, linemen, linemen...Go Falcons!"

No, that is the philosophy of quality franchises. The Falcons version goes like this:

"(One great) Linemen, (One above average) linemen, (6 mediorce) linemen, (5 pieces of #$%&) linemen....(4-12, 1-4 post season) Falcons!"

JSSN
JSSN

@LeftisnotRight  

You bother because it is not an ambiguous statement: "I want to see "quality" "professional" "football players!" If they are playing for or against the Falcons; it does not matter. I want to see the best!" No one, and I mean "No one" is served when sorry and just bad football is played in the NFL! When people like Thomas DeCoud, Peria Jerry, and to a degree Sam Baker are "rewarded financially" in excess of their limited football talents, it is destructive and undermining to the game! I'm a fan of the professional game, and when a fan base is blinded by "local loyalty" to the point that cannot simply say: "he's not a good to average football player;" there is rational disconnection! 

And the most destructive aspect is that when they finally have an opportunity to extract themselves from such a mistake in judgment, they re-up it. And fans of said franchise have the audacity to defend it. 

Depth? He is not even that, the league knows it (he's lingered with no takers for nearly two weeks)! That's a scrub!

I spent more than $3,000 dollars in rental, hotel and motel taxes last year in the City of Atlanta. The production company I've worked for spent more than $60,000 in the same taxes. When a member of our cast and crew wants to see NFL football, you cannot even tell them in good conscience to go to a Falcons game unless the visiting team is of great quality! That is shameful! I'm still apologizing to one co-worker who had to sit through a Falcons beat down at the hands of the Patriots. You know and I know that game was not as close as the final score! You have to care about the quality of the game some time! Don't keep throwing crap in the air and not expect to get hit eventually! DeCoud's disaster has taught them nothing!

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@OneRyder Quality depth is good, but unless they spent the minimum on Jerry and are conversely going to cut one of the younger less skilled DL this deal makes no sense. Roster space is limited is all I'm saying and so is the cap.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN  Not like it means anything to you. You're an Aints fan. Your opinion doesn't matter. You can never have enough depth.

Falcons63
Falcons63

@JSSN @Falcons63 Having had the personal experience of ACL surgery and played thru a PCL strain, I would be shocked if Jerry is held back by this.  Speculation that his strain is a sign of something deeper is just that...speculation. He could blow out his knee the 1st day of camp.  You run that risk with any player.  He does have a prior history, but you aren't going to find very many lineman  several seasons into their career who don't have an injury history.  He was durable last season and looks to play far fewer snaps this season.   Coaching time can be an issue, therefore you see the advantage of having backups (Peters, Jerry)  who are somewhat familiar with the defensive scheme you run.  Look at the LBer's last year.  Going into the season counting on rookie FA's as your depth was a gamble... and it came back to haunt the defense big time..  JMO, but I see this as a decent signing.  At best he plays 15-20 snaps per game. But... Dependent upon the draft he may not even make the roster. 

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Okee dokee, been to any games in the Meadowlands or SF?

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@JSSN @Mikefalcon63 Ledbetter is reporting on Twitter that the deal is 1 year @ 890k. So like I opined, I think this means one of the lesser talents are gone or this could be the signal that Osi is gone. Not totally sure yet, but they aren't going to carry 14 DL's.

RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

@JSSN @LeftisnotRight Disagree to a degree. Id cross out the One Great lineman and begin with one above average(maybe just skip to 6 mediocre)!

RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

@JSSN @LeftisnotRight I love the Falcons and am a sometimes season ticket holder and go to games when I'm in the USA(My dad uses the tickets otherwise since I have lived abroad most of the time since 93).

I do believe the current regime is better than the past(though Dan Reeves was a better coach than Smith, he had no business drafting).

That being said, better than the past doesn't equate to very good. You are correct in your assessment  of the team, though I wish otherwise. People want to believe and so take an idealistic or even delusional view of this franchise since failure has been the mantra of the Falcons historically.

I try to believe but try to take a more realistic approach to the Falcons(and deep down I believe most Falcons fans also have an "team inferiority complex" as to pro football like myself and expect failure cause of the past). The Falcons haven't believed in building from the inside out(lines) but like to "dangle a few stars" for ticket sales and use smoke and mirrors to cover the holes.

Maybe with this draft some of this can be addressed(I want to be an optimist), but past behavior is indicative of future outcomes, so I doubt it,but one can hope without picking up the opium pipe.!

RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

@DawgGoneIt @JSSN Love him or hate him but if you have been on these blogs for more than a few weeks JSSN is not a Saints fan

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

Let me make this perfectly C-L-E-A-R! I support nada, none, no NFL team over another! There are teams that I know are clueless, and don't respect. But otherwise, I don't care if the Saints, Panthers, Tampa, Seattle, or Calgary sign defensive tackles as long as they are not utter failures like Peria Jerry! When I turn on a TV on a Monday, Thursday, December Saturday, or on a Sunday; I want to see "quality" "professional" "football players!" If they are playing for or against the Falcons; it does not matter. I want to see the best! 

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

Oh yeah, and you resign a player with a knee injury history who is coming off a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) strain in the Carolina game? Oh, you've just got to love this stuff!

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

You have a comprehension problem. I support nada, none, no NFL team over another! There are teams that I know are clueless, and don't respect. But otherwise, I don't care if the Saints, Panthers, Tampa, Seattle, or Calgary sign defensive tackles as long as they are not utter failures like Peria Jerry! When I turn on a TV on a Monday, Thursday, December Saturday, or on a Sunday; I want to see "quality" "professional" "football players!" If they are playing for or against the Falcons; it does not matter. I want to see the best! 

Peria Jerry is not depth, he is not even scrub depth! Corey Peters on one leg and a half in a wheel chair is better than Jerry masquerading as healthy! It is sad that you people let these folks just jack all over you! It is just pathetic, you should play Robinson at a cheaper price and go get a "quality" depth pick at the new rookie scale and use the cap properly. Instead, it is more of the same! They let Vance Walker go for this mess? You (again) deserve what happened in 2013! He is not "depth!" If you don't know the difference, shame on you!

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

Like I said, because you made a point of bringing up "your surgeries" like it would delineate some special knowledge of the injury. Hey, welcome to the club, hope that King Arthur is not too bad for you! 

You assume a lot, when someone makes a point that makes sense, no problem I'm glad to note it. You could have done that in the beginning (agree to disagree), you chose to defend it. And Tatapu was relevant because he had a history of injuries prior to the signing regardless of time out of football. See ya..

Falcons63
Falcons63

@JSSN @Falcons63 So now we are comparing surgical experiences? I didn't realize our injury history had turned into a competition   I suppose I should respond with a list?  You seem to be the ultimate contrarian!  We all know Jerry's injury history.  We know the team kept secret the seriousness of his injury.  However, as far as "cutting the cord"  I see no validity in your comparison of Tatupu to Jerry.  Tatupu as I recall when signed had been out of football for a year.  Jerry played 678 snaps last season.  As far as anyone on this board knows.. including you, Jerry is healthy.  Anything else is pure speculation. However, you are absolutely entitled to your opinion on Jerry.  I would keep in mind that in the end it's just that... your opinion... and as such not an absolute. So... thus ends my posts regarding the Jerry signing.  I think this dead horse has been beaten enough. You can fire away if you wish.  How about we just agree to disagree with the value of the signing.

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

Friendly reminder, Lofa Tatupu, sometime have to know when to cut the cord!

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

I had two ACL surgeries plus an inter-articular fracture of my tibia, you don't want to compare experiences. 

You said it, "He does have a prior history." the Falcons have never been honest to the severity of his 2009 injury in the first place. He started the season listed on the injury report regarding his knee by the way. You don't have go into the season with UFAs (you could have kept or re-upped Walker when he left Oakland).

Again, you folks are counting on injured players as your depth. As I have said before, stop trying to fix this team in one off-season. Excluding the KC additions, Babineaux. you especially know that this defense is in transition regardless. Go all in and get some talent, stop the madness!   

Dman
Dman

That didn't hurt too bad did it?

JSSN
JSSN

@RogerHenslee @LeftisnotRight

It is said that I'm always "negative" so I moved my scale up on the play of Babineaux. He's been interesting for someone playing so far out of position. Peters when healthy has been slightly above average and the only quality pick of the Dimitroff era as far as a lineman!  

JSSN
JSSN

@stevehere

Thanks for the correction Travian's last name.

Certainly, I understand your reasoning. However, the adherence to the scheme is sucking the life out of this depth chart. I've seen this as a two year rebuild simply because of said "scheme." Your "culture" observation is very relevent. I can appreciate that insight!

stevehere
stevehere

@JSSN @DawgGoneItI think you meant Travian Robertson and I'd agree. Letting Vance Walker go was a poor decision as well. If anybody can get anything out of Jerry, Nolan might be that guy, but there were (still are) other inexpensive options that would've been an upgrade not just for the position but for the culture as well.

FalconJames
FalconJames

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt In JSSN defense, he is a heck of lot more knowledgeable and comprehensible than our beat writer. I have often wondered who he is a fan of, but never got the impression he was a Saints fan.


TheRealJay
TheRealJay

I don't know brother. I think Mike Nolan knows what he wants and he's produced some mighty fine FB players over his career. There is something about Jerry's game he likes and it was obviously for the right price as well. At the moment he's so far down the depth chart it doesn't really matter.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

You dumb sleaze, even if she were still alive; she'd be more man than you ever were! And she knew a scrub when she saw one too! Is the mirror near you?