Atlanta Falcons secure first free agents, marking transition to 3-4 defense

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Kansas City Chief right guard Jon Asamoah. The deal is reportedly worth $4.5 million per year. This news does not come as a shock, Atlanta was horrific in the trenches last season, and the right guard position has not been solidified since the departure of Harvey Dahl a few years prior. Asamoah is one of new Assistant General Manager Scott Poili’s former draft picks in Kansas City, whose play style did not reflect Andy Reid’s offensive philosophy. The 26 year old guard will be a great fit in Atlanta, as his pass blocking skills are an immediate upgrade over the current depth chart.

Atlanta has also made their first move into the 3-4 defensive transition by signing nose tackle Paul Soliai, formerly of the Miami Dolphins. The big 6’4″ 340lb defensive lineman will be a key piece into the Falcons new defensive identity. His contract is for five years-$33 million dollars, per Jason La Canfora. . Atlanta will now begin setting their draft boards to the tune of a 3-4 defense. The hardest aspect of assembling a 3-4 is finding a nose tackle, Atlanta accomplished that within the first thirty minutes of Free Agency. They followed this news with the signing of Tyson Jackson to a five year- $25 million deal, per Ian Rapoport. The former Chief defensive end will anchor the edge in the new 3-4 scheme. Jackson is coming off of a career season, but was unable to live up to the hype in Kansas City. Hopefully, he can build off this previous season.

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