It’s evident the Falcons’ offensive line had more holes than Swiss cheese last season, and they need to make massive amounts of improvement. Filling in one crucial concern at right guard, they’ve reportedly signed a player who in hopes will provide them with better blocking at the position than last year.
The Falcons signed Jon Asamoah, the right guard out of Kansas City to a $4.5 million (a year) deal. Asamoah didn’t have a great season last year, but he is a good pass protector and the Falcons desperately need the better protection for Matt Ryan. Only 26-years old, Asamoah has potential to grow and lock down the position for the next few seasons.
Asamoah was drafted in the 2010 draft as the 68th pick – by former Chief’s General Manager Scott Piolo. The Falcons hired Piolo in January as the assistant General Manager. It is possible Piolo might have been the one keeping tabs on Asamoah and getting him signed so quickly, suggests the Falcons had their eye on him as a priority entering free agency.
Signing Asamoah is a good step to fixing the O-line and crosses one of the Falcons’ biggest concerns of the free agency shopping list. Now Atlanta can focus on other priority positions such as addressing the TE position. Who will land in Tony Gonzalez’s shoes?