The Atlanta Falcons have had a strong offseason, but can still shore up some holes on the roster by adding some depth at position of needs.
We all know the big push of the free agency period began in March, however there are still some solid options available on the market. Let’s examine the top three free agents that could address positions of need for the Falcons immediately.
January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and offensive lineman Dan Connolly (63) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
OL Dan Connolly
The Atlanta Falcons have made significant upgrades at almost every position on need, however they still need more veterans to push the younger offensive lineman.
Dan Connolly can assist them with that, he may even end up be a unanimous choice to start at guard. He is 33 years old, however he can still play the game and could be signed on a very reasonable veteran contract.
His experience and championship pedigree should tilt the front office into making a decision to offer Connolly and contract before camp.
TE Jermaine Gresham
Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The only reason Jermaine Gresham has not been signed is because he is coming off back surgery. The Falcons could sign him to a relatively cheap deal compared to any other veteran that has produced like he has over the course of his career.
He has 280 receptions over a five year period with the Bengals.
If healthy, he would fill a position of need for the Falcons because he can block and catch which would take a lot of pressure off Matt Ryan, by providing a reliable presence in the middle of the field.
S D.J. Swearinger
D.J. Swearinger was recently waived after apparently falling out of good graces with the Houston Texans. Since Swearinger was waived, the Falcons would need to claim him and assume the modest remaining two years on his contract.
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It is worth noting that seven teams are ahead of them in the claims process. If no team claims him off waivers they can then sign him as a free agent. The Falcons have done a great job establishing depth and competition throughout the team.
Swearinger fits the mold of what the team is looking for on defense with fast and physical players. He has good ball skills and should be an instant starter at free safety for the team.
Pair him with William Moore and the Falcons would have one of the most feared safety duos in the league.