Who are the Atlanta Falcons most likely to sign?
Believe it or not but 2016 NFL free agency has yet to start. Many fans can’t seem to grasp the fact that free agency doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. so anything you have read or heard about up until today is pure speculation.
Just yesterday many reports surfaced that the Chicago Bears and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan had agreed to terms on a 4-year deal worth upwards of $9 million per season. However, just hours later Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Atlanta Falcons were making a strong push and are very much in the running to land the ex-Denver Bronco.
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Anything that Schefter says is usually pretty reliable. I’d argue that he’s the one person you can trust as far as breaking news goes so seeing him personally tweet that Atlanta is in the running is pretty significant at this point.
With that being said, who are the Falcons most likely to sign today?
Will they sign anyone? Will they sign center Alex Mack who many believe will receive around $10 million person? Strong safety George Iloka and wide receiver Travis Benjamin have also been linked to Atlanta as well as several other players, but these four seem to be the cream of the crop.
Don’t believe anything until you see it tweeted personally by the Atlanta Falcons’ account or posted to their website or ESPN, but at this point I’d be rather surprised if one of those four players is not signed by the Falcons sometime shortly after that 4 p.m. start time.
The most likely player on that list to sign with the Falcons is Mack. Many believe the Falcons have backed a dump truck up to his residence and have offered him far and beyond the most money out of anyone but that mean’s nothing until someone confirms it.
The second likely would be Trevathan. It appears to be a 2-team race with the Falcons and Bears. Trevathan has ties to both teams. Bears’ head coach John Fox was Trevathan’s former head coach in Denver and Falcons’ defensive coordinator was his linebackers’ coach in Denver as well.
Both teams make a ton of sense so I could see it going either way.
Benjamin would be the third most likely due to the fact that Atlanta needs to find Roddy White’s replacement and Benjamin is the best receiver available.
Iloka may be the best scheme fit out of anyone in free agency for the Falcons. He possesses Kam Chancellor size, something that nobody else does out of the safety position and would give the Falcons their long-term replacement at that position.
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Don’t be disappointed if none of these four sign with the Falcons. At the end of the day, the NFL draft is what matters the most. The team that wins free agency are usually the league’s worst teams, not the best.