Former first-rounder Peria Jerry retires

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a former first-round pick, has decided to retire, the team announced Thursday.

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Jerry entered training camp on the roster bubble as the Falcons added more bodies up front in defensive end Tyson Jackson and nose tackle Paul Soliai to go with rookie Ra'Shede Hageman.

Jerry, who turns 30 on Aug. 23, was the 24th overall pick in 2009 out of Mississippi. He battled injuries throughout his five seasons with the Falcons.

The team signed him to a one-year contract this offseason at a low-risk price of $890,000. His base salary would have been $730,000.

He's the second player this year to abruptly retire, as running back Jason Snelling left the team in March.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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