A week after veteran center Jeremy Newberry announced his retirement, the Atlanta Falcons signed…
Falcons Sign 1st Round DT Peria Jerry
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Jerry's deal should include around $7 million in guarantees and have a maximum value of around $13 million dollars.
Jerry was chosen with the 24th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and is already penciled in as a starter in the middle of the Falcons' defensive line. Known more for his athleticism than size, the 6-2, 299-pound Jerry is quick off the ball and can be disruptive force in opposing backfields.
A two-year starter at Ole Miss, Jerry made 107 tackles over the last two seasons, including 32 for a loss. He also notched 10.5 sacks during that time, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a junior and first-team All-SEC and first-team All-American honors after last season.
Jerry is the eighth and final Falcons' draft pick to sign.
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