The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran defensive tackle Corey Peters to a one-year contract, the team announced.
Peters tore his Achilles at the end of his best NFL season and underwent surgery.
A former third-round draft pick from Kentucky, Peters recorded a career-high five sacks and 46 tackles last season.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Peters told National Football Post in a telephone interview after the season. "I just had the surgery and I'm at home recovering. It's a long process, so we have enough time to really take our time and get everything corrected the right way. I've had no issues. Everything went pretty much as planned. I'm hoping to make a full recovery."
Dr. Robert Anderson, the Carolina Panthers' team doctor, performed the procedure.
Peters is hoping to return in time for training camp.
When he tore his Achilles, Falcons coach Mike Smith predicted six to eight months for his rehabilitation.
Peters recorded a sack of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick before getting hurt.
"I'm going to play hard," Peters said. "I'm a very smart player. I try to take care of my responsibilities. I will continue to grow and I still have some room to improve."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.