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Flowery Branch — The Falcons and Grady Jackson are back together.

The on-again, off-again relationship with defensive tackle is back on.

The Falcons and Jackson agreed to a one-year contract on Monday, according to his agent Angelo Wright.

Jackson, at 6-foot-3, 365 pounds, is one of the biggest defensive tackles in the league. He was with the team last season before being released by former coach Bobby Petrino after the team's 1-6 start.

Jackson and the team had a riff the previous offseason over a defamation lawsuit that was eventually settled.

"It's contingent on him passing the physical and everything," Wright said. "He wanted to be in Atlanta."

Oakland, New England, Jacksonville and Green Bay had expressed interest in Jackson.

After being cut by the Falcons last season, Jackson was picked up by Jacksonville where Falcons head coach Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator.

The Falcons met with Jackson last Friday. He'll bolster one of the team's apparent weaknesses, defensive tackle. For minicamp and offseason workouts, Jonathan Babineaux and Montavious Stanley lined up at the top defensive tackle spots.

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I don't know what gravy's got left in the tank, but its more than stanley, babs or anyone else on the roster.

Speaking of our DTs, does anyone know why Trey Lewis is on the non-football injury list? Didn't he get hurt late in the season?

(edit: just read the inside slant: "HE FELL DOWN STAIRS!!!!!")

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deerrrrr.........i told you so! :P

you dont bring in fatboys early in camp, you wait until a week or two before preseason to get them decent stamina. IF he would have signed two months ago when everyone said he wouldn't be a falcon, he would've lost 30 pounds by simply sitting on the branch sidelines sweating lol. i wish we would get one more to be honest, though grady alone is a huge presence for this defense. he will require double teams and whoever wins the MLB position will be thankful for gravy.

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He did an interview on 680 today. He said coming back to Atlanta was easy and it was like coming home when he walked back on the field with his old team mates. He said he had other teams interested, including New England but he considers the Falcons like family and he wanted to be here. Welcome Home Grady!

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