Falcons re-sign DE Davis to four-year contract

Free-agent defensive end Chauncey Davis reached terms on a four-year, $14 million contract to remain with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Nearly $8 million will be paid over the first two seasons.

Davis is Atlanta’s third defensive end and plays both sides but mainly at right end, spelling pass-rushing specialist John Abraham in run situations. Davis, a fourth-year product from Florida State, has started at varying points in each of his first four NFL seasons. He is coming off a career-best season, when he totaled 38 tackles -– 29 solo -– with four sacks.

The Falcons have not been active in free agency and have lost at least four defensive starters in the process – safety Lawyer Milloy, cornerback Domonique Foxworth (Baltimore Ravens) and linebackers Keith Brooking (Dallas Cowboys) and Michael Boley (New York Giants). Defensive tackle Grady Jackson could sign with the Detroit Lions in the next few days.

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