FLOWERY BRANCH — With the signing of guard Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku on Tuesday, the Falcons have 63 players under contract and $2,221,065 million left under the salary cap, according to the NFLPA salary cap report.
NEW TO THE TEAM
–DT Dontari Poe signed to a one-year $8-million deal. Has $500,000 weight clause and incentives that could make it a $10 million deal.
–WR Andrew Roberts signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal.
–FB Derrick Coleman
–OG Hugh Thornton
–FB Soma Vainuku
STAYIING ($26.6 million, not counting restricted tenders)
–SS Kemal Ishmael signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
–LB LaRoy Reynolds signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
–QB Matt Schaub signed a two-year extension for $9 million.
–TE Levine Toilolo signed a four-year $12 million deal.
–DT Courtney Upshaw signed a one-year, $1.15 million deal.
–CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson re-sign to a one-year $775,000 deal.
–WR Taylor Gabriel (made just $510,000 last season) and has received a second-round tender from the team for $2.7 million.
–FS Ricardo Allen received his tender.
–OG Ben Garland received a tender from the team.
–DB Akeem King received a tender.
–DT Tyson Jackson was released by the team.
SIGNED WITH OTHER TEAMS
–FB Patrick DiMarco signed a four-year, $8.4 million deal with the Bills.
–WR Eric Weems signed with Tennessee.
–WR Aldrick Robinson signed a two-year, $6 million deal with San Francisco.
–LB Paul Worrilow sign a one-year deal with the Lions.
–OT Tom Compton signed with the Chicago Bears.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
–DT Jonathan Babineaux wanted to return, but the team is allowing him to reach free agency after 12 years of service. Since being drafted in the second round back 2005 out of Iowa, Babineaux has played in 185 games and made 133 starts for the Falcons. “Babs has done a great job for us over the years,” Dimitroff said. “He’s been such a great leader for us.”
–RG Chris Chester is contemplating retirement. The team would like for him to return. With the addition of Thornton, the Falcons may be ready to move on.
–DE Dwight Freeney said he wants to keep playing, but the team will revisit the veteran later in free agency.
–SS Dashon Goldson was safety insurance and not expected to be re-signed.
–TE Jacob Tamme said he wants to return, but the team allowed him to hit the open market.
–LB Sean Weatherspoon wants to return, but the team may look elsewhere for depth behind the talented linebacker corps.
–LB Philip Wheeler a key veteran backup, who can start in a pinch. The Columbus, Ga. native wants to return.
–CB Deji Olatoye played some snaps as injuries mounted.
–LB Josh Keyes is a speedy player.
–TE D.J. Tialavea provided some depth.
–WR Nick Williams he was a favorite of the former offensive coordinator.
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