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Very rarely do teams like Atlanta let guys like Corey Peters leave in the offseason. He's 26 years old, just had a great season for a defensive tackle and looks to be a key member for the core of the defense. And yes, he does have an Achilles injury from the Monday night game with San Francisco.
However, the recovery time for an injury like that is anywhere from four months to over a year according to Dr. Dave Siebert here at Bleacher Report. So, that puts the average anywhere from five-to-seven months.
Atlanta would be wise to lock down the talented all-around defensive tackle to a long term deal despite the injury. Add in the fact that guys like Brent Grimes and Terrell Suggs are Pro Bowl players just one season after an Achilles injury, and it doesn't look like it's as severe of an injury as it once was.
Projected Contract Structure
Four years, $19 million total.
$4 million signing bonus, first year of salary guaranteed.
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2013 PFF Grades: +5.8 Overall, +7.8 Run Defense, -5.5 Pass Rush, +2.0 Pass Coverage, +1.5 Penalty
2013 Stats: 15 Games Played, 46 Tackles, 1 Tackles for Loss, 5.0 Sacks, 2 QB Hits, 8 QB Hurries, Interceptions, Fumbles Forced, Fumbles Recovered, 2 Pass Deflections
Career Stats: 56 Games Played, 120 Tackles, 6 Tackles for Loss, 9.0 Sacks, 5 QB Hits, 49 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 7 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.