Falcons: Deciding which defensive free agents should re-sign or walk
Making a decision on whether each Falcons’ defensive free agent should re-sign or walk
The defense for the Atlanta Falcons improved as the season went on, and on a smaller scale, they improved as each game progressed. However, they still were not good enough, clearly.
Their defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired immediately following the season’s end which is something they will have to overcome. Luckily, they seemed to value bringing in a similar scheme with the hire of Ryan Nielson.
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Nielson’s evaluation of each player will be the determining factor on if the team re-signs sed player, but let’s make a decision on whether each free agent should be re-signed or not, starting with their lone safety who is due for the open market.
Erik Harris, S, Atlanta Falcons
Erik Harris went from the Falcons’ starting safety over the young guys, to becoming the backup to the young guys.
Needless to say, he was brought back on another one-year contract but that is probably the end of it in Atlanta. He basically only played special teams and there isn’t much reason to bring him back. Sure, he is a consistent veteran but you can look elsewhere to find depth.