Falcons bolster trenches with Asamoah, Soliai and Jackson

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The Atlanta Falcons needed to add talent to both the offensive and defensive lines.

On Tuesday, they took a step in that direction. Shortly after free agency officially hit at 4 p.m., the Falcons were able to announce deals with defensive end Tyson Jackson, defensive tackle Paul Soliai and offensive guard Jon Asamoah.

“We were focused on adding pieces along our offensive and defensive lines and I feel we were able to accomplish that today,” stated Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a statement. “We believe that Paul and Tyson will add stoutness and grittiness to our defensive front and will help in the run game. Jon is a solid offensive lineman that has started 41 games during his four-year career that will bring some ruggedness to our offensive front.”

Said head coach Mike Smith: “We are pleased to add Paul, Tyson and Jon to our roster,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. “Paul has played for Coach Nolan in Miami and is familiar with our scheme, and Tyson is a good football player that will fit with what we want to do defensively as well. Jon is a physical, experienced offensive lineman that will add a veteran presence to our offensive line.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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