NFL: Falcons Re-Sign Corey Peters, Jason Snelling Retires

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed defensive tackle Corey Peters to a one year deal on March 4. Meanwhile, his teammate, running back Jason Snelling, announced his retirement on the same day after a seven-year tenure in the NFL.

Mar 4 2014, 7:38pm CST | by

NFL: Falcons Re-Sign Corey Peters, Jason Snelling Retires
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The Atlanta Falcons re-signed defensive tackle Corey Peters to a one-year deal while running back Jason Snelling announced his retirement on March 4. 

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Peters signed a one-year deal: 

"Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters signed a one-year deal on Tuesday, according to the team

"Peters was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Monday. He suffered a torn Achilles late last season and elected to stay put for a year and test the market next season. 

"Peters, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, appeared primed to help put some teeth back into the run defense over last offseason." 

Financial terms of his new one-year deal were not disclosed. 

Before his unfortunate injury, Peters enjoyed a career year in 2013 when he recorded five of his nine career sacks. He also contributed 48 tackles, per The Associated Press. 

On the other hand, Jay Adams of the Falcons' official website reports Snelling has officially decided to hang up his cleats after seven NFL seasons. Snelling told Adams he wants to spend more time with his family.

"I have decided to retire after seven years in the NFL to spend time with my family. I want to thank (Falcons owner) Mr. (Arthur) Blank, (Falcons general manager) Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith for providing me the opportunity to play for the Atlanta Falcons.

"The Falcons are a first-class organization run by a first-class owner and I am grateful that I got to spend my entire career in Atlanta." 

Smith was all praises for Snelling in Adams' report. 

"Jason was a good teammate and a joy to coach. He played a number of roles for our team during his time here and was ready when his number was called. We want to thank Jason for his contributions to our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Snelling amassed 213 rushing yards on 44 carries for one touchdown last season. He also contributed to the passing game with 29 catches for 216 receiving yards and three touchdowns, notes ESPN's Vaughn McClure. 

For his career, Snelling, Atlanta's seventh-round selection in 2007, has 1,420 yards on 363 carries and eight touchdowns. He wound up with more career touchdowns as a backfield receiver with nine, McClure adds. 

The ESPN report also notes the financial implications of Snelling's retirement. 

"Snelling was entering the last year of his contract with a cap value of $1,733,334 in 2014. Once he is officially placed on the reserved/retired list, the Falcons save $1.375 million, which was his cash value for 2014." 

Both McClure and Ledbetter confirm Snelling was arrested last season on traffic and drug charges. McClure, in particular, says the case is pending and "granted another continuance until March 7." 

Snelling also had a concussion and a sprained ankle in 2013, in what turned out to be his last year in the league

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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