Although the Atlanta Falcons had their issues on the defensive line last season, one of the players who they did depend on in their rotation is going to be returning. NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling has reported that DT Corey Peters and the Falcons have struck a one-year deal.
Peters was drafted in the third round out of Kentucky in 2010, and had his best season as a Falcon in 2013, tallying 46 tackles (29 solo) and a career-high five sacks in 15 starts.
This will clear the way for Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff to focus on re-signing Peters’ linemate Jonathan Babineaux to a new deal. The return of the two big interior linemen will be crucial to help Atlanta find some quality pass-rushers on the outside of the line.
Peters was sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon that required surgery in late December of last season. He is still questionable to be able to start in week one of the regular season. In four seasons with the Falcons, Peters has 120 tackles, nine sacks and one interception.