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Falcons Release DT Peria Jerry & RB Jason Snelling From Reserve Lists

The Atlanta Falcons officially released DT Peria Jerry from their reserve-left squad list and RB Jason Snelling from the reserve-retired list.

Both of these moves are just formalities as Jerry announced his retirement in July of last year, and Snelling announced that he wanted to spend more time with his family and was calling it a career last March.

Jerry, 29, was considered to be one of the best defensive tackles in the 2009 draft class, which led to the Falcons using their No. 24 overall pick on him.

Jerry spent all five years of his career with the Falcons and totaled 51 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumbles and two recoveries over the course 64 games.

Snelling announced his retirement from the NFL close to a year ago, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The Virginia product played all seven NFL seasons with Atlanta. He had one year remaining on the three-year, $4 million contract that he signed before the 2012 season.

Snelling ran for 1,420 yards on 363 carries over his career and had a 3.9 yard per carry average. He also added 168 catches for 1,249 yards to go along with 17 total touchdowns.