Atlanta Falcons Free Agent Preview: Corey Peters


Welcome to the sixth edition of an Atlanta Falcons free agency preview. In this series, we will be going over each player that had their contracts expire after week 17 of this season.

PLAYERS ALREADY COVERED: (Kroy Biermann, Sean Weatherspoon, Osi Umenyiora, Jacquizz Rodgers) (Can be found here)

"TEAM FREE AGENCY PREVIEW (included in every article of series)There is no hiding the fact that this team is going to look new, fresh, even strange. We will not be seeing Mike Smith on the sidelines anymore, but a new face. Dimitroff and the new coaches are going to want to make changes for the city of Atlanta. Players will be released, they won’t be resigned, and new athletes will come in.Keep in mind that this isn’t a team that is rebuilding. This is a team that has one of the better, if not the best, quarterbacks in the NFL in Matt Ryan, arguably the best wide receiver in the league in Julio Jones, and a play-making cornerback, Desmond Trufant."

Atlanta Falcons DT: Corey Peters

If the Atlanta Falcons were to let Corey Peters go, they would be foolish.

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While Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai were mostly busy stopping the run, Peters was the only defensive tackle that was showing some athleticism. That’s not to say that Soliai and Jackson are bad, but Peters should be and is the future for the Dirty Birds.

Coming off of an injury, Peters is showing potential in a way that has been impressive. He only had 2.0 sacks this season, but keep in mind that he did have a 5.0 sack and 46 tackle campaign in 2013. Some players take a couple of years to develop fully, and I truly believe number 91 is one of those guys, standing at 6’3 302 lbs. Was he a disappointment this year? Yeah. But it’s not enough to let the young kid walk.

So….. Is Corey Peters willing to take a small amount of money? It’s hard to predict, because I’m sure he doesn’t want to be a backup in 2015 and wants to showcase his talent, but at the same time he has an injury history. It’s also worth keeping in mind that TD said that he needs more pass rushers…..

Prediction: Atlanta Falcons Will Re-sign Corey Peters to a 1 year, 3 million dollar contract.