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Falcons lock up Biermann

Defensive end remains a need in Atlanta. Dion Caputi

Print This March 07, 2012, 07:56 PM EST

Wednesday the Atlanta Falcons announced they had reached an agreement with free agent defensive end Kroy Biermann.

Although the team did not disclose terms, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported the contract was a three-year deal worth roughly $9 million, including nearly $3 million more available through incentives.

The organization faces a tricky situation with fellow defensive end John Abraham, who's set to hit the free agent market on March 13th. Abraham has gone on record saying he is seeking annual money in the $12 million range, which appears highly unlikely to be the case for the soon-to-be 34-year old pass rusher. With that in mind, re-signing Biermann for the purpose of depth was a wise decision.

The former fifth-round draft pick out of Montana accumulated 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and an interception return for touchdown in 2011.

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