ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux.
The team announced the deal Tuesday, shortly before the start of the free agent signing period. Terms of the contract have not been released.
The Falcons made re-signing Babineaux a top priority, addressing one of the team's major needs before delving into free agency. A nine-year veteran, Babineaux had 49 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and a forced fumble last season. Overall, he has played 138 career games for Atlanta, with 108 starts.
With Babineaux back in the fold before becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Falcons are expected to focus on offensive linemen. Kansas City guard Jon Asamoah is reported to be a leading target after losing his starting job.