With the Falcons bringing in a new regime last offseason it has opened a lot of new connections to certain free agent players. Players that coaches or front office personnel have been around during their time with other teams.
One player sticks out among the rest due to his ties to a certain coach and a recently hired front office guy.
Keep an eye out for the Falcons to pursue free agent Allen Robinson
The Falcons have some strong connections to the Chicago Bears, and the Bears also happen to have a big-name player that is due to hit free agency. Allen Robinson could end up being a member of the Atlanta Falcons in the near future.
There are two connections that would lead one to believe that the Falcons might take a strong look at Robinson—Dave Ragone and Ryan Pace.
Starting with Dave Ragone, Ragone was hired last offseason by Arthur Smith to be the team’s offensive coordinator. He had previously been the Chicago Bears passing game coordinator, so that right there tells you that he has worked extensively with Allen Robinson.
Ragone knows the type of player he can be, and the Falcons are in dire need of a big-bodied wide receiver, which is exactly what Robinson is.
Robinson also happened to have his best year when Dave Ragone was with the Bears.
Next up is Ryan Pace, who the Falcons just recently hired to be the team’s senior personnel executive.
Pace was recently axed as the Bears general manager, a title he held since 2015. Coincidentally Ryan Pace was the guy who brought Allen Robinson to Chicago in 2018 when he signed him to a contract for three-year, $42 million.
If he signed him once, he could certainly look to sign him again, or at least persuade Terry Fontenot to sign him.
One way that Atlanta could get the funds to sign Robinson is by trading Calvin Ridley. It would save just over $11 million. With all the rumors that have been swirling this offseason, it certainly seems like a plausible scenario.
It will be interesting to see who Atlanta pursues when free agency opens on March 14th. Keep an eye out for them to target Allen Robinson due to the many connections they have to him.