Now that the dust has settled, it is time to take a look at some of the moves the Atlanta falcons have made in the free agent frenzy period thus far. It is certainly a good-news bad-news situation for Atlanta.
The good news: the team was able to land a premier running back in Steven Jackson, who is expected to contribute heavily right away. Also, the Falcons were able to lock up free agents William Moore and Sam baker and successfully lured Tony Gonzalez out of retirement. So a lot of important pieces were retained, which could prove to be pivotal this fall.
The bad news, however, is that the team has yet to address its number one glaring weakness: the defensive line (specifically defensive end). This is a bit worrisome to me because the market for DE’s was pretty viable for the Falcons to get involved. Guys like Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons, Michael Bennett all signed with other teams. So what does this mean for the Falcons? Well, they could still go after a veteran pass-rusher such as Osi Umenyiora, Dwight Freeney, or Kyle Vanden Bosch. I also think the team will certainly address this position with the 30th pick in the draft.
Another question mark still lingering over the Falcons is the Brent Grimes situation. Grimes is reportedly drawing a lot of interest from division foe Tampa Bay. If Grimes does choose to bolt for the bay, that leaves Atlanta without a true number one corner on the roster, with Asante Samuels and Robert McClain filling the two and three spots, respectively. There is still hope that the Falcons will bring in a couple veteran CB’s to duke it out for that number one spot. The draft will also help provide some depth at this position.
Overall, free agency has been quiet thus far in Atlanta. But the guys in the front office know what they are doing and they will remain patient until they can land exactly who it is they are looking for. With a team this close to the Super Bowl, it is crucial that every player signed will help them get over the hump. Stay tuned Falcon nation.