Just As I Predicted: Jerry Signs Before Camp

Tim DarnellContributor IJuly 30, 2009

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Defensive tackle Peria Jerry #94 of the Atlanta Falcons works out during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Paul Abell/Getty Images)

I knew it would happen, and I said so earlier this week: Falcon first-rounder Peria Jerry has signed with the team, ensuring Atlanta's NFL franchise will have all of its draft picks signed and ready to butt helmets when camp opens this weekend.

He signed a five-year contract late Thursday with the team.

Jerry, whom NFL analyst Ross Tucker once called "a rolling bucket of butcher knives," will replace Grady Jackson, 35, on the D-line. Jerry is represented by Brett Farve's agent, Bus Cook.

Jerry was a consensus All-SEC selection at Mississippi and was considered the second-rated defensive tackle in the draft behind Boston College’s B.J. Raji, who was selected by Green Bay with the ninth pick in the draft. Jerry was taken 24th.

During his college career, Jerry was known for his penetrating moves and stoutness against the run. He registered 11.5 sacks and 33 tackles for losses and was chosen first-team All-American by The Associated Press.

The signing completes the offseason transformation of the Falcons defense, which saw the departure of Jackson, Keith Brooking and Lawyer Milloy, among others.