Atlanta Falcons: Five positions that must be addressed in free agency
1. Pass rusher
Without a doubt, the Falcons’ biggest offseason task is to bolster the group of pass rushers. Vic Beasley was selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, and while it wasn’t a dominant rookie season for him, he will be an improved player in 2016. But he can’t do it alone.
The Falcons need to find someone to play opposite him, and they need more than one player to be added. While it’s likely they’ll look to add a pass rusher in the draft, expect Quinn and Dimitroff to look at the possible free agent signings that can be made.
Of course, we would all love to see Von Miller in a Falcons uniform. But that’s not going to happen. Miller will either re-sign, get franchise tagged or on the highly unlikely chance he walks, will join a team with more cap room. Let’s not completely right off Bruce Irvin, though. There was a ton of speculation last year that Irvin wanted to come to Atlanta and be reunited with his former coach. Quinn might make a move.
Next: Should the Falcons draft or sign a receiver?
There are a number of mouth-watering candidates, but time will tell which ones actually hit the market. Muhammad Wilkerson has built a reputation for disrupting offensive linemen in the Jets’ 3-4 defense, but will he be allowed to walk?
One way or another, the Atlanta Falcons must address this position.