Asamoah was a third-round pick in 2010 by the Chiefs. He fell out of favor with coach Andy Reid and was benched last season in favor of journeyman Geoff Schwartz.
Still, the Falcons feel he can stabilize the right guard position, which has been a major issue for several years. Atlanta cut Garrett Reynolds, who made 10 starts at that position last season before he was replaced by Konz, who had flopped at center.
The line must do a better job protecting quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sacked 44 times, and opening up holes for a running game that ranked last in the league at just 77.9 yards per game.
Jackson was the third overall pick in the 2009 draft out of LSU, but never had a breakout year with the Chiefs. He did have a career-high four sacks in 2013, so the Falcons hope he’s ready to make a more prominent impact. Atlanta is desperate to get more outside pressure on opposing quarterbacks after notching just 32 sacks last season; only two teams had fewer.
Soliai played in 99 games with the Dolphins, including 62 starts. Last season, he had 34 tackles with one sack, one forced fumble and five passes defensed. He played under Nolan in 2010 and 2011, earning his first career Pro Bowl selection in the latter season.
With big holes remaining in the secondary and at tight end, plus the draft coming up, Dimitroff said there is plenty of work left to do.
“We will continue to add in every direction to fix this team,” he said.
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