March 18, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday re-signed defensive end Kroy Biermann, who led the team in sacks last season.

Biermann (6-3, 255) was a fifth-round pick from Montana in 2008. He has played a variety of roles, including as a hybrid outside linebacker-defensive end last season.

Biermann may not have been seen as a perfect fit at defensive end or linebacker in the team's new 4-3 scheme. He can provide flexibility, depth and special teams help for new coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith.

Biermann started 15 games in 2014 and set a career high with 80 tackles. His 4 1/2 sacks led the team. He has 21 sacks.

The Falcons also signed offensive lineman Jared Smith, a seventh-round pick by Seattle in 2013 who spent part of that season on the Seahawks' practice squad. Smith was waived by Seattle before the 2014 training camp.

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