Considering the Falcons were the No. 1 seed in the NFC last year, they have a lengthy list of goals to accomplish in free agency.
It appears they will focus on keeping their own players, and staying away from signing a high priced defensive end.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the Falcons had a “change of heart” when it comes to free agent defensive end Ray Edwards. Ledbetter believes Edwards will land in Philly, while the Falcons try to re-sign their own players. (We’ve also heard Seattle as a potential Edwards landing spot.)
The Falcons have three unrestricted free agent starting offensive linemen, and we’ve wondered aloud all offseason how many they could keep. They are reportedly making tackle Tyson Clabo their highest priority. Guard Harvey Dahl and Justin Blalock are next.
On another Falcons note, super-sub linebacker Stephen Nicholas is reportedly likely to leave via free agency for the Giants.
Man, posts like this are fun to write again.