3. Duke Riley
Atlanta needs depth at linebacker and former Falcon Duke Riley could provide cheap veteran depth if the team doesn’t re-sign Rashaan Evans and moves forward with young starting options. Evans was solid for the Falcons but the time likely wants to focus on developing Andersen and Walker viewing Evans as more of a bridge option.
Riley spent 2017-2019 with the Falcons before spending time with both the Eagles and Dolphins. Duke still isn’t the impact player Atlanta was hoping for when they drafted the backer, however, Riley has developed his game and is more than capable of consistently contributing as a depth piece.
While this reunion would be far less exciting than bringing back Jones or Hurst it is the type of moves Atlanta needs to make to build a core of reliable veterans behind their young talent. Riley finished the 2022 season with 45 tackles, a sack, and two passes defended. Solid production for a player who would fit well into Atlanta’s defense.