The former first-round pick was allowed to test free agency, apparently with no takers. His re-signing was announced as a part of Wednesday's NFL transactions.
As the Falcons moved toward a 3-4 base defense, Jerry provides another body up front. The starters are expected to be nose tackle Paul Soliai, defensive end Tyson Jackson, and possibly Corey Peters at the other defensive end position. Guys such as Jonathan Babineaux, Malliciah Goodman, and Jerry would provide more depth.
Although Jerry performed below expectations the last five seasons, bringing him back at a low price probably doesn't hurt the Falcons. Injuries have affected his play. Jerry suffered a knee sprain toward the end of last season.
The re-signing of Jerry wasn't the move Falcons fans had hopes for on Wednesday. There was much interest in the status of return man Devin Hester, who apparently stayed overnight in Atlanta to hear the Falcons' pitch. But as of Wednesday evening, there was no word from Hester's camp about his status.