Atlanta Falcons to cut defensive lineman Paul Soliai


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The Atlanta Falcons will cut defensive lineman Paul Soliai after the sides couldn't agree on a contract restructure to lower his $5 million salary for 2016, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

A big free agent signing just two years ago (five years, $32 million), the 32-year-old Soliai isn't a great fit for coach Dan Quinn's defensive system. Soliai excelled as a true two-gap nose tackle. The move to Quinn's penetrating 4-3 front last season meant a decline in Soliai's usage.

The Falcons will save $5.4 million on the salary cap this season if they designate Soliai as a post-June 1 cut (spreading his cap hit over the next two seasons) with $1.4 million in dead money.

A capable 3-4 nose tackle is a rare commodity, but given his declining play over the past two seasons we would expect teams to view Soliai as a borderline starter and rotational defender.