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Atlanta Falcons expected to cut DT Paul Soliai

By The Sports Xchange   |   Feb. 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM
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The Atlanta Falcons are expected to part ways with starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai, according to multiple reports.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported the Falcons will cut Soliai after the sides could not agree on a contract restructure to lower his salary for 2016.

Soliai's agent, David Canter, told ESPN.com that after "positive conversation" with the Falcons this weekend regarding a pay cut, the two sides could not agree to terms.

Canter said the team plans to release Soliai on March 9 when the new league year begins. It will be designated a post-June 1 cut, meaning the Falcons will save $5,437,500 against the 2016 cap as opposed to $2,637,500 by just releasing him now, according to ESPN.

Soliai, 32, was a free agent signing two years ago after coming over from the Miami Dolphins. He signed a five-year, $32 million deal in March 2014 that included $14 million guaranteed and $7 million in a signing bonus. He was due to make a base salary of $5 million in 2016 with a cap number of $6,837,500.

The 6-foot-4, 345-pound Soliai finished with 22 tackles, three tackles for losses and five quarterback hits last season.

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