Four reasons the Falcons should consider signing Vernon Hargreaves


The Atlanta Falcons need cornerback depth and help. They now have an opportunity to add a quality piece at a very affordable price in Vernon Hargreaves.

According to The Pewter Plank, the Buccaneers have released 2016 first-round pick, Vernon Hargreaves, just two days after he was benched. There are several reasons the Atlanta Falcons should at least consider signing the former All-American out of Florida.

Injuries

The secondary has been shuffled several times due to injuries to Keanu Neal and Desmond Trufant. Desmond Trufant is basically day-to-day at this point, though there is no telling when he will actually be available to play. Yes, Kendall Sheffield and Jordan Miller are gaining some valuable experience on the field that will serve them better in the future, but it never hurts to have depth. Especially in an area where you have struggled greatly all year.

Depth

Isaiah Oliver, Jordan Miller, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Kendall Sheffield are basically all the Atlanta Falcons have at corner at the moment. When Keanu Neal went down, Damontae Kazee was forced to focus on the safety position that he played so well in 2018.

Oliver has been suspect at best and even though they all played well last week against the Saints, there is no reason to believe that the tendencies each young corner displayed thought he first eight games will not rear its ugly head again.

Any time you can add a guy that has started 34 games in the last 3.5 seasons, it may not be a bad temporary signing.

Gamesmanship

Look, Hargreaves spent his first 3.5 seasons in the NFC South. He knows the league, the playmakers and he knows the Buccs, who the Falcons have to face two times in the next seven games. The Falcons would be dumb not to kick the tires on a young guy who would have less of a learning curve than anyone else.

The fact that he would have two shots at the Buccs after the way things went down in Tampa the last couple of weeks, would be really enticing for Vernon.

Reuniting

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the guy that drafted Vernon Hargreaves out of Florida; that is his guy. No one knows more about what he brings to the table and more about who he is as a player than Koetter. No, Koetter will not be coaching him, but there is a familiarity and a trust already there for Vernon Hargreaves and that is important to a lot of players.

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No one is saying that the Falcons should sign Vernon Hargreaves, but they would not be doing their jobs if they did not at least consider the idea. There are plenty of reasons to bring him in and not many reasons why they should not.

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