Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Targets: DE Jerry Hughes

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Nov 9, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) celebrates a sack against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kansas City beats Buffalo 17 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

With this week’s announcement of Dan Quinn as the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, the front office and coaching staff is now beginning to take shape. Following two disappointing seasons of on-field performance, the Falcons have several areas which need addressing in the offseason. Fortunately for Quinn, and the Atlanta front office, the 2015 free agent class is one of the best and deepest in recent years, with several high calibre players entering the market at the same time.

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The Falcons currently have roughly $21 million in cap space for 2015,


, but with a decent number of free agents currently on the roster, and with decisions to be made regarding players such as Sam Baker and Steven Jackson, Atlanta finds themselves with a healthy wallet heading into free agency. Somebody is going to get paid by Atlanta, and the team has the ability to make at least one big splash in a strong pool of talent. However, the real question is who to spend the money on? Over the next few weeks the Blogging Dirty team will look at the best free agent options for the Falcons, starting with Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes.