Atlanta Falcons interested in Danny Trevathan, per reports
If Danny Trevathan hits free agency, the Atlanta Falcons have interest.
Free agency is fast approaching, and the Atlanta Falcons have big decisions to make to improve on their 8-8 record achieved in Dan Quinn’s first season as head coach. Many of these decisions will determine how much the rebuilding defense improves.
With just five selections in April’s draft, the Falcons will either have to trade for more picks or make strong acquisitions in free agency. One of the highest rated names set to hit the market is linebacker Danny Trevathan, who played at the heart of the Broncos’ dominant defense en route to Super Bowl 50 glory.
Luring Trevathan’s signature will come at a cost, but according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, he is ‘high on the Falcons’ radar’.
"“Word is the Falcons are willing to pay to $5 million to $6 million per season for a linebacker, but that probably won’t be enough to secure Trevathan. Getting a starting-caliber linebacker in free agency likely would result in the Falcons targeting a pass-rusher in the first round of the draft.”"
Trevathan would give the Atlanta defense a significant boost in a major position of need, and would ease pressure when the draft rolls around in the spring. More focus could then go on acquiring the most talented pass rusher still on the board at No. 17.
According to McClure, Trevathan isn’t the only player the Falcons are keeping a close eye on. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be high on the list, which is interesting.
Sanu is a talented player, but would be a major upgrade? Outside of a 790-yard, five-touchdown season in 2014, Sanu has failed to surpass 455 receiving yards in a season. How would he cope as the No. 2 option in the Falcons’ passing game?
Other names McClure mentioned were Bengals safety Reggie Nelson and quarterback Matt Schaub, a former Falcon.
As for Bruce Irvin – strongly linked with the Falcons last offseason – there is a wait-and-see approach. Quinn didn’t go into much detail on Irvin due to tampering rules, but a move for the player he coached in Seattle would make sense, particularly as Atlanta is in much need of players who can get after the quarterback.
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What are your thoughts on these players, Falcons fans? Would you be pleased if any of these names were signed in free agency?