The Falcons and veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux are extremely close to hammering out a three-year contract for him to remain in Atlanta, according to league sources.

Sources say it's looking promising that Babineaux will remain with the NFC South franchise.

Babineaux, 32, has been consistently productive and difficult to block. He started every game last seaosn and recorded 42 tackles and one sack.

Two seasons ago, he had 42 tackles, 11 for losses, 3.5 sacks, five pass deflections and returned a fumble for a touchdown.