Safeties are available, and the Falcons need one

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The news that Falcons safety Keanu Neal will miss the season is a big blow to a Falcons team that has Super Bowl aspirations. So where do the Falcons go from here?

If they’re going to seek a veteran replacement, there’s some good news for them: Unlike most years, there are legitimate NFL starters at safety who are still available in Week One.

Eric Reid will be the first name who comes to mind for many: Reid started 12 games at safety for the 49ers last season, and he did it in a defense not unlike the one the Falcons run, as 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh spent time on the Seahawks’ staff when Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. Reid is currently bringing a suit against the NFL, claiming that the owners are colluding against him to keep him out of the league because he kneeled during the national anthem. If Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to demonstrate that the owners aren’t colluding against Reid, he could tell his football guys to bring Reid on board.

Also available is Tyvon Branch, who started nine games at safety for the Cardinals last season. There’s been little news of any teams showing interest in the 31-year-old Branch, but the Falcons could make sense.

Quinn also coached Earl Thomas in Seattle, and would surely love to coach him again. There’s been talk that Thomas, who isn’t happy with his contract, could be available in a trade. But that seems like a long shot.

Losing Neal wasn’t ideal, but the Falcons may be able to replace him, more effectively than teams can usually replace an injured starter in Week One.

50 responses to “Safeties are available, and the Falcons need one

  1. Highly doubtful,both those teams last night have horrible offenses..Now you see why NE is always in the SB… That was a complete embarrassment..Ratings are down because of this display of ineptitude

  2. How is Mohamed Sanu doing?!?

    I TOLD YA.
    Sanu is a solid, hard working, high character human being… but… he’s
    NOT even a solid #3 wr. Slow, no separation, and doesn’t go for the ball.

    Sure… Atlanta needs a safety… but… 12 points is more telling.

  3. raiderfool says:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    Idiot young fans are clueless..I’m glad I was able to watch the original and pure NFL in the 70’s and 80’s..
    ——————————
    You are aware that the NFL started WAY BEFORE the 70’s…….

  4. The Falcons held the Eagles to 18 points and got in the red zone what, four times?

    They remember how to score a TD and they’ll be okay.

  5. reid is suing the league. why would you sign a guy who is suing you. why is this so hard to understand

  6. “If Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to demonstrate that the owners aren’t colluding against Reid, he could tell his football guys to bring Reid on board.”

    Or he could just say, “We’re not colluding against anyone” and let his football guys make the best football decision. Maybe that’s Reid. Maybe not.

  7. Tell you what. If I’m a GM in this spot, I’ll sign Reid for veteran’s minimum. But he drop his lawsuit. You can’t sue the NFL for being colluded against if you’re playing.

  8. Eric Reid needs to be signed. He’s likely the best Free Agent at the position & it’d actually help the NFL with their weak argument against collusion.

  9. kevpft says:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    The Falcons held the Eagles to 18 points and got in the red zone what, four times?

    They remember how to score a TD and they’ll be okay.
    …………………………………
    They held a bad Nick Foles to 18. Somebody get me a medal!

  10. unclebluck says:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    raiderfool says:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    Idiot young fans are clueless..I’m glad I was able to watch the original and pure NFL in the 70’s and 80’s..
    ——————————
    You are aware that the NFL started WAY BEFORE the 70’s…….
    _______
    He said he was able to watch.

  11. Falcons don’t need a safety. They just paid Ryan and Julio and both players have been trending down. they may need a new qb n wr. Ryan is so overrated! good luck ATL with those two over paid players. How is Ryan so bad with Julio in the red zone? Ryan is not as great as everyone seems to think. I know it was the first game, but Ryan looked terrible. throws off, stumbling over…

  12. Falcons aquired a SS from the Pats(2nd rnd pk JRICHARDS) during the preseason. Eric Reid is a FS.They’re covered.

  13. So you want them to sign a player that has filed a lawsuit against the league? The other option is a guy who is already under contract. You guys have lost touch.

  14. Falcons don’t need a safety. They just paid Ryan and Julio and both players have been trending down. they may need a new qb n wr. Ryan is so overrated! good luck ATL with those two over paid players. How is Ryan so bad with Julio in the red zone? Ryan is not as great as everyone seems to think. I know it was the first game, but Ryan looked terrible. throws off, stumbling over…

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    Can’t argue against your case on Ryan, but Julio went for 10 catches and 169 yards. That’s a far cry from “trending down”.

  15. Funny some saying Falcons don’t need a safety because they held the Eagles to 18 points. You mean the Eagles w/o their #1 and #3 WRs? The Eagles with 2 WRs who never played in a NFL game before? The Eagles with a backup QB and rookie TE? The Eagles who just beat the Falcons again?

    I hate they lost their safety, that sucks (wish him a speedy recovery) but Reid is not a good option. Maybe Johnny Football or Tebow can play safety. Too many better options available, and yes they need a safety.

  16. reprob8 says:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    Eric Reid needs to be signed. He’s likely the best Free Agent at the position & it’d actually help the NFL with their weak argument against collusion.

    —————-

    Why don’t you sign him then?

  17. Reid plays both FS and SS.

    Neal is a strong safety. The Falcons traded a pick for Richards, a SS, instead of signing Reid off the street, who is primarily a FS.

    #rightback@ya

  18. “How is Mohamed Sanu doing?!?”
    ————

    How can you possibly blame that game on Sanu? Matt Ryan looked terrible last night.

  19. ugh what a disaster, as if the pathetic display courtesy of that drunk sarkisian wasn’t enough..

    get Thomas

  20. Well if Reid will take the veteran minimum it might happen. I mean, if you don’t have a job at this point, hard to argue you should hold out for a better contract.

    Shut up Dez, I wasn’t talking to you!

  21. You’re joking, right? Reid would “miss” another flight. How can you have a collusion case if two teams brought him in for a workout/visit? Obviously, that would fall flat and his martyr status would be jeopardy.
    The same thing happened with Kaep. He was going to get an offer from Baltimore and he knew that this would kill his social warrior martyrdom job title so he had his racist girlfriend send that now infamous tweet.
    About as transparent as it comes but these guys aren’t the brightest in the world so they probably think they have us fooled….

  22. They need to trade for Earl Thomas because their window is closing quickly and et represents the most polished All Pro product to stick in there for the next 2 or 3 years.

    If you are thinking about the future beyond Matt Ryan then no ET.

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