3 free agents Falcons could steal from division rivals and own the NFC South

The division's free agents are some of the best available this year.

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2. Brian Burns -- Carolina EDGE

This is maybe even less realistic than Evans – sorry, realistic free agent projections is an exercise for mid-March. Burns can't seem to escape Carolina, who have consistently dangled him in trade talks and not made a move for several years now. The Falcons' defense wasn't terrible last year, but pass-rushing from the EDGE position wasn't a huge strength: Calais Campbell led the team with 6.5 sacks, and only two other guys – both outside linebackers, for what it's worth – had more than four. Burns is somehow only 25, and would be an upgrade over 30-year old Bud Dupree, who's a UFA this offseason anyway. Campbell was the only EDGE player to have a PFF grade over 80, and there's no guarantee that the 37-year old will be back, either. If Morris wanted to get a young, cornerstone defensive player in the building to start remodeling Atlanta's defense with, Burns would be the guy.