Kroy Biermann Coming Back to the Falcons. John Abraham to Walk?

Scott CarasikContributor IIMarch 7, 2012

Biermann will be terrorizing opposing QB's for at least 3 more years in Atlanta
Biermann will be terrorizing opposing QB's for at least 3 more years in AtlantaMatt Sullivan/Getty Images

According to his own twitter and Atlanta, Kroy Biermann is coming back to the Falcons. Rumors out there have it as a three-year, $9 million deal. This is excellent value for one of the key components to a defense that can get "10 guys with four sacks" as new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan puts it.

Kroy Biermann is one of those intriguing guys because he doesn't rack up sacks like you would expect him to with his burst off the edge and abnormal strength for a guy his size. However, he makes plays in both the run game and the pass game.

While his stats look modest for a defensive end, at just 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks, people need to keep in mind he only played 53 percent of the snaps in 2012. Of his 37 tackles, 10 of them were considered stops where he allowed either no gain or created a loss of yards. He also has two interceptions in the past two years that have lead to touchdowns as well, which are 14 point swings no matter how you cut them.

Biermann’s contract details will be updated when they are more readily available. But on the surface a three-year, $9 million deal for a reserve defensive end is an excellent deal. He can play both sides of the field and is excellent in run support. He needs some work with his pass rush moves and his coverage, but he could improve that a lot with Coach Nolan.

From those on the outside looking in, like Pat Yasinskas of ESPN,  this is viewed as another sign that the Falcons are letting John Abraham walk and thanking him for his service. This is something that is extremely logical for the team to do, and while most fans will hate the move, it's for the better.

Abraham is 34 this season and is starting to slow down. He isn't accepting that fact, however, by wanting top-five defensive end money for his performance. The only way the Falcons keep John Abraham is if they lose the Mario Williams sweepstakes, and Abraham is willing to take closer to $5 million a year over $12 million a year.