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Paul Soliai | Defensive Lineman

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/30/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 345
College: Utah
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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

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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

The Miami Herald reports five teams have expressed interest in free agent DT Paul Soliai, and "at least two" are "quite serious."

Expressing interest in Soliai at this stage is, of course, tampering, but it's widespread and generally overlooked at the Combine. The Herald reported earlier Monday that the Dolphins have yet to make Soliai an offer, and will be "hard pressed" to keep him. The Herald reported late last month that Soliai "really, really doesn't want to leave" Miami, but the feeling apparently isn't mutual. The Dolphins also have free agent DT Randy Starks to deal with.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 04:17:00 PM

According to the Miami Herald, impending free agent DT Paul Soliai "really, really doesn't want to leave" Miami.

It's because of that fact that reporter Armando Salguero believes Soliai "may come cheaper" than fellow free agent DT Randy Starks. Per Salguero, both players were "somewhat peeved" at being forced to play out their contracts in 2013. Soliai has spent his entire seven-year career with the Dolphins. Although he's now on the wrong side of 30, Soliai is coming off another strong season, grading out as the No. 20 defensive tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai was forced from Miami's Week 15 game against the Patriots with an ankle injury, and is questionable to return.

Soliai went down early in the first half, and appears unlikely to return after the break. It's good news for the Patriots' running game.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 02:28:00 PM

The Miami Herald doesn't expect NT Paul Soliai (questionable, knee) to play in Monday night's game against the Saints.

Soliai is still working his way back from a knee injury and is unlikely be available. It's possible the Dolphins will hold Soliai out through their Week 6 bye.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai (knee) has yet to resume practicing, and considers himself "50-50" for Week 4.

Soliai missed Sunday's win over the Falcons. Were Soliai to sit Monday against the Saints, it's possible the Dolphins could decide to hold him out through their Week 6 bye.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3.

The Fins go so deep on the D-Line that Soliai's absence may not be felt versus the Steven Jackson-less Falcons. They'll plug in franchise player Randy Starks at the defensive tackle spot next to power player Jared Odrick.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 02:50:00 PM

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai suffered a left knee injury in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Colts and is in danger of missing Week 3 versus Atlanta.

The injury is not believed to be season-ending, but it's possible he could miss a week or two. If Soliai were to miss Week 3, Randy Starks would step back into the starting lineup next to Jared Odrick. Soliai has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 7 defensive tackle through two weeks. Starks is No. 6.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 07:08:00 PM

Long-term contract negotiations between the Dolphins and NT Paul Soliai recently broke down.

The Dolphins reportedly extended Soliai an "ultimatum," and his agent wants more money than the team is offering. "Don't do deals when people give lowball offers and ultimatums," said agent David Canter. Soliai, 29, would be a fairly hot item if he reached 2014 free agency. He's a premier run plugger.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 07:23:00 PM

The agent for NT Paul Soliai expects the Dolphins to make a long-term extension offer during training camp.

Both Soliai and fellow DT Randy Starks are scheduled for unrestricted free agency in 2014. Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins haven't made Starks a multi-year offer since slapping him with the franchise tag. It's possible they'd prefer to spend less to retain Soliai and then kick Jared Odrick inside in 2014, thus allowing Dion Jordan to spread his wings. "I'm optimistic the team will come to us with a fair market deal to try to get it done," agent David Canter said.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 09:42:00 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins haven't approached NT Paul Soliai about a contract extension, and will likely "choose between (Randy) Starks and Soliai next spring."

Soliai, 30 in December, is going into the final season of a two-year, $12 million deal. Starks is also going on 30 and heading into the final year of his contract. A 2011 Pro Bowler, Soliai actually graded out behind Starks in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season, but both were in the middle of the pack. It's highly unlikely the Dolphins will lock up both next offseason.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 10:10:00 PM

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