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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Breaking down contract for Soliai

By Vaughn McClure

The Atlanta Falcons landed one of their top free-agent targets when they hauled in big nose tackle Paul Soliai from the Miami Dolphins.

There were a number of interested teams, but the Falcons were willing to spend the money on Soliai, who received a five-year deal worth a max value of $33 million, and $14 guaranteed.

The Falcons entered free agency with about $18.5 million in cap space and freed up another $10 million by releasing Tony Gonzalez and Thomas DeCoud. Added to Soliai were the signings of Tyson Jackson, Jon Asamoah, Jonathan Babineaux, and Joe Hawley. The cap figures for those four are not publicly available just yet.

According to ESPN Statistics & Info, Soliai received a $7 million signing bonus. His average per year is $6.4 million and average over the first three is $6.5 million.

He'll count $5.4 million against the $133 million cap this season.