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It should be no surprise, then, that the Falcons announced a new three-year contract with Babineaux on Tuesday before he made it to free agency. Babineaux will earn $9 million over the life of the deal, with $4 million guaranteed in 2014, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source who saw the contract.
Babineaux, now 32, figures to remain a starter for the team. The Falcons also re-signed Corey Peters, but otherwise they don't have a lot of quality players at the position. Babineaux has quietly been a disruptive force for Atlanta for years, with great versatility. He's also durable, missing just six games in his nine-year career.
Look for the Falcons to keep shopping on the defensive line and elsewhere. They figure to add a pass rusher and some offensive line help in free agency.