Atlanta’s affordable free agent market


Dustin Keller, Tight End

Keller first needs to prove he is healthy, but there was no questioning his ability on the field. If the Falcons like what they see I believe they will sign him to a one year “prove it” deal in order to fill the void left by Tony Gonzalez’s retirement. He will provide veteran leadership for the younger tight ends, while becoming an explosive pass-catcher for Matt Ryan.
Verdict: 1 year 1.5 million dollar deal with incentives.

Anthony Spencer, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

Spencer was considered an elite player for the Cowboys but never got the chance to play this year because of multiple injuries. Rumors are that he is healthy and ready to see the field in 2014. Atlanta is facing some serious turnover along the defensive line, and Spencer could be just the right fit for Mike Nolan. The Cowboys most likely will not be able to secure him for another contract due to their cap situation. Dimitroff and company could sign Spencer in the neighborhood of a 2 year deal in order to bolster the pass rush.
Verdict: 2 year 7 million dollar deal.


Kenny Britt, Wide Receiver


Britt has been a disappointment in Tennessee, but the good news is that he is only 25 years old. Not so long ago Britt was coming off a breakout season. If the Falcons can’t resign Harry Douglas they might take a look at Britt to fill the void. He is a big receiver who needs a good environment around him to succeed and the Falcons locker room can do just that. He would make a contribution if signed to a one year prove it deal. The pending contract talks with Roddy White could hamper Atlanta’s decision making process when it comes to the wide out market.
Verdict: 1 year $1 million

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  • Jim

    I am hoping for Greg Hardy or Linval Joseph but I suppose either would be very costly. Somewhere on this defense the Falcon’s must secure a big time impact player that will be a true difference maker. IMO, they need two such players on the line, one a pass rushing demon and a powerful run stuffer. Their run defense was as much a problem as their pass rush. Both have to get fixed for the Falcons to turn it around in 2014.

  • Shauyan Saki

    You make some very good points. I feel that the Falcons are going to attempt to build an elite defensive line during the draft. I do agree that they should target a big time run defender in free agency. Hopefully this season they will be much improved.