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Paul Soliai | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/30/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 345
College: Utah
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (108) / MIA
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Panthers released DT Paul Soliai.
The move saves $2.5 million against the salary cap. Signed to a two-year deal last March, Soliai played 152 mostly ineffective snaps over 10 games in Carolina. If the 33-year-old intends to continue his career, he will likely have to settle for one-year offers in the second or third wave of free agency. Tue, Feb 21, 2017 01:03:00 PM

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Panthers DT Paul Soliai isn’t a lock for the final roster.

Soliai was cut from Atlanta in February after consecutive declining seasons. The $3 million guaranteed he landed should secure his spot this year, but his role could be limited. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei are Carolina’s base starters.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Panthers signed DT Paul Soliai, formerly of the Falcons, to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Soliai never lived up to his "five-year, $32 million" deal in Atlanta and was released after two seasons. He's now joining the division-rival Panthers and projects to play an early-down role in run-stopping situations. Soliai turned 32 in December. He's merely a rotation body at this stage of his career.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 08:13:00 PM

Free agent NT Paul Soliai is visiting the Panthers.

The Panthers may view Soliai as an upgrade on current free agent DT Kyle Love. 32-year-old Soliai would be a run-defending rotational player in Carolina.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 02:46:00 PM

According to the Miami Herald, free agent DT Paul Soliai "would like to return" to the Dolphins.

Soliai's release will become official on March 9, at which point he'll be free to sign anywhere. Returning to the Fins is a sneaky-good fit for a heavyweight nose tackle approaching age 33 and best suited to work in a rotation. The Dolphins need to upgrade their interior bodies around Ndamukong Suh.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 10:24:00 AM

Falcons released DT Paul Soliai.

The move isn't official until the start of the new league year. Atlanta wanted to keep Soliai at a lower salary, but the sides couldn't agree on guaranteed money. 32-year-old Soliai shouldn't draw interest as more than a low-end starter in a deep market for defensive linemen. The Falcons will save $5.4 million if they make him a post-June cut, but are left with $1.4M in dead money.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 08:46:00 PM

The Falcons have asked DT Paul Soliai to take a pay cut, but he's unlikely to accept one.

Per Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Soliai is "willing to take his chances on the open market." Soliai turned 32 in December and is scheduled to earn $5.5 million in salary and bonuses in year three of a five-year, $32 million deal. Soliai was signed for his run defense, but has made very little impact in two years with Atlanta. He'd be lucky to make half that $5.5 million on a new deal.
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Falcons placed DT Paul Soliai on injured reserve with a strained calf, ending his season.

TE D.J. Tialavea has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. In the second season of a five-year, $32 million deal, Soliai was just above replacement level after struggling in 2014. Now 32 and due $5 million in 2016, Soliai will be a candidate for release or restructure.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 03:46:00 PM

Falcons DT Paul Soliai left Week 16 against the Panthers with a calf injury and is questionable to return.

It's an injury Soliai has been dealing with off and on for the past several weeks. Jonathan Babineaux will take over at left defensive tackle.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 01:54:00 PM

Falcons DT Paul Soliai (calf) has been ruled out for Week 14.

It's bad news for an Atlanta run defense that has gotten gashed in each of its last two games. A 344-pound behemoth, Soliai will be replaced by fourth-round rookie Grady Jarrett. This is an upgrade for Jonathan Stewart's matchup.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 01:47:00 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with DT Paul Soliai, formerly of the Dolphins, on a five-year, $33 million contract.

The deal includes $14 million guaranteed. It's a hefty commitment for a player now on the wrong side of 30, but the Falcons are living up to their pledge of beefing up and getting tougher. The Falcons employ a 4-3 base, but are reportedly considering implementing more 3-4 looks this season. Soliai can man the nose in either alignment. Soliai played for Falcons DC Mike Nolan in Miami.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:39:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons are "very aggressively" pursuing free agent NT Paul Soliai.

According to the Miami Herald, Soliai is down to three teams, and the Dolphins aren't one of them. Per La Canfora, Atlanta is considering implementing more 3-4 concepts on defense. Falcons DC Mike Nolan coached both Soliai and free agent DT Randy Starks in Miami, so there's also a coaching staff connection. Soliai can function at nose in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Starks is the superior pocket pusher.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:22:00 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero "would be surprised" if the Vikings didn't make a run at free agent DT Paul Soliai.

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities confirms the Vikings have expressed interest. Soliai, 30, is fully expected to reach the open market and could sign with a team by next week. He could be a strong fit in Minnesota opposite Sharrif Floyd.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 06:13:00 PM

The Dolphins have not made any progress in contract talks with free agent DT Paul Soliai.

All indications are the Dolphins will move on from both Soliai and Randy Starks. Soliai has expressed interest in returning, but is expected to sign with another team next week. Miami has roughly $34 million in cap space and could show interest in free agents Henry Melton, Jason Hatcher, and B.J. Raji to fill the void at defensive tackle.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 02:05:00 PM

The Dolphins will not use their franchise tag on DT Paul Soliai.

There will be no domino effect from the Brent Grimes signing. Although the Fins have the franchise tag available and are very interested in retaining Soliai, new GM Dennis Hickey isn't going to paralyze his cap situation. The two sides will continue to work on a long-term deal for the 30-year-old rotational tackle.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:35:00 AM

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