Nov 3, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters (91) is helped off the field in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the Falcons 34-10 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
DT Corey Peters
It’s obvious that Corey was the best defensive lineman on the team in 2013, and an achilles injury doesn’t change the fact that he’s easily the biggest priority the Falcons have heading into the offseason. Peters must be resigned, and he would more than likely come back to Atlanta on the same contract that Babineaux is just having expire.
C Joe Hawley
If one thing is true about the Falcons offensive line, it’s that it played better as a whole with Hawley anchoring the center. Hawley came in after Peter Konz had a rough time, and he never looked back. He definitely won’t be expensive to resign, so Atlanta should look into doing so. If not, he won’t be terribly hard to replace.
CB Robert McClain
Most Falcons fans now despise McClain for his poor play in 2013, but the same could be said for everyone on the team. Robert finished the 2012 season as arguably the best slot corner in the league, and deserves at least another shot at solidifying himself as the Falcons’ premiere Nickleback. He’s technically a Restricted Free Agent, so Atlanta should place a 2nd or 3rd round tender on him in the event that someone picks him up. However, I don’t expect him to leave.
WR Drew Davis
Drew Davis isn’t the most dominant pass-catcher the Falcons have on the depth chart, but he may just be the best blocker. Atlanta should look to resign the wideout with a small contract.
TE Chase Coffman
Coffman has looked good at times, but has never been able to really produce sitting behind Tony Gonzalez. Chase has shown flashes of ability, so the Falcons will look to resign him at veteran minimum.
Cap room after resignings: Roughly $26.5 Million