Posted: 11:49 am Thursday, March 20th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
UPDATE, Fri 8:32 a.m.: Devin Hester signed a three-year contract worth $9 milllion. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus.
The Falcons have now committed $107.36 million to player contracts this offseason.
The Falcons have set up a conference call for Hester at 10 a.m. Check back later for the Q&A.
PREVIOUS POST: I think we can call off the Devin Hester watch, for now, at least.
The Falcons have been shrewd in free agency and likely can’t and won’t fulfill that request.
Hester is represented by Eugene Parker, who also has Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson and running back Steven Jackson. So, they’ve worked out deals in the past, and may still be able to salvage this one.
The Falcons are closing in on the $100-million spending mark this offseason. They’ve added contracts worth $98.360 million.
Here’s your Falcons free-agency tracker:
Cap Space update
The Falcons, who have spent $98.360 million this offseason, have salary cap room of $9.42 million, according to NFLPA documents.
Falcons roster moves
Re-signed by Falcons:
DT/DE Jonathan Babineaux (3 years, $9 million, $4 million guaranteed)
DT/NT Corey Peters (1 year, $1.5 million, no guaranteed money)
DT/DE Peria Jerry (1 year, $890,000, no guaranteed money)
RT Mike Johnson (1 year, $675,000, $30,000 guaranteed)
C/G Joe Hawley (2 years, $6 million, $2 million guaranteed)
FREE AGENTS SIGNED BY THE FALCONS
DT Paul Soliai (5 years, $32 million, $14 million guaranteed)
DE Tyson Jackson (5 years, $25 million, $11 guaranteed)
RG Jon Asamoah (5 years, $22.5 million, $8 million guaranteed)
KR/PR/WR Devin Hester (3 years, $9 million)
CB Javier Arenas (1 year, $795,000, $65,000 guaranteed)
CB Asante Samuel
LB Stephen Nicholas
FS Thomas DeCoud
RG Garrett Reynolds
UNSIGNED FALCONS FREE AGENTS
OT Sean Locklear
OT Jeremy Trueblood
TE Chase Coffman
CB Dominique Franks
LB Omar Gaither
WR Kevin Cone (Set to work out for Carolina on Friday. Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Houston are also interested.)
OTHER PLAYERS KNOWN TO HAVE VISITED THE FALCONS
KR/PR Devin Hester (reports that he wants $4 million per year)