The Atlanta Falcons need to bolster their defensive line this offseason, and they took one step towards that today when they re-signed defensive tackle Corey Peters to a one-year deal.
Peters, who started 15 games last year and had 5 sacks before injuring his Achilles, is a solid piece on the defensive line. He hopes to be ready for Week 1 next season, but that is far from a sure thing.
A member of the line last year that was a terrible disappointment, bringing him back doesn’t solve any of the problems that Atlanta had on the defensive line last year. They were weak up front and had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
Atlanta needs to get better on the defensive line, not stay as bad as they were last year. Peters can provide depth, but if they are bringing him back thinking he should be a starter next year then Dimitroff and the rest of the Falcons front office is just resigning themselves to being as bad up front defensively as they were last year.
They still have plenty of work to do on the defensive line in free agency and the draft this year, including finding at least one impact pass rusher. The defense lacked intensity and toughness last year, and that all starts with the big guys up front.
Re-signing Peters is a good start to the rebuild of the defensive line, but only if he ends up as a rotational player and not one of the top defensive tackles.