Falcons to release Paul Soliai after he refuses pay cut

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

The Atlanta Falcons are expected to release veteran defensive tackle Paul Soliai in March after failing to rework his contract, DEC Management confirmed Saturday.

The 32-year-old nose tackle refused to take a pay cut and negotiations broke down over guaranteed money, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports.

Soliai recorded 22 tackles and a fumble recovery in 2015. He was set to earn $5.5 million in 2016, three years into a five-year, $32-million contract.

Originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins, Soliai is reportedly comfortable testing the open market, as 3-4 defenses are historically willing to overpay for reliable nose tackles.

Under Dan Quinn, the Falcons have moved to a 4-3 scheme, limiting Soliai's effectiveness.