Falcons Bring Back DT Babineaux, C Hawley

Jonathan Babineaux's ability to get into the backfield is key for the Falcons. (John Froschauer)

Jonathan Babineaux’s ability to get into the backfield is key for the Falcons. (John Froschauer)

With the 4:00 p.m. EST free agency start time looming, the Atlanta Falcons brought a couple of their free agents back.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux agreed to a three-year extension a couple of hours ago:

And center Joe Hawley agreed to a two-year deal:

Both are good signings for Atlanta. Babineaux has spent his entire career with the Falcons and has been an underrated, disruptive tackle.

Hawley played well once he usurped the starting gig from Peter Konz. The two centers will compete for the starting spot with Hawley the likely winner.

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