How's it going fellow Falcoholics. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading other fan post to see what other fans are thinking. Reading Pierre's mock draft has inspired me to attempt my own mock draft. But first I want to discuss a list of potential free agents that might not break the bank for the Falcons and allow them to sign some of their own free agents.
During Super Bowl Week on radio row, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff interviewed with 680 the Fans Buck and Kincade. He acknowledged that were currently have 18 free agents on the team and they will focus on 8-10 to try to sign. Assuming Brent Grimes and John Abraham will not be signed and Curtis Lofton will be the number one priority to resign, here are some players who would fill in some of the holes the Falcons will have but might not cost a boat load of money. Keep in mind this list might feature quantity over great quality since they also need depth at positions.
Free Agent Signing:
Jeremy Zuttah: He's a 6-4, 308lb Offensive Guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who would be 26 by the time training camp starts. He has been holding down the left guard position for the Bucs for the last 4 years. He became the full time starter in his second year and has played multiple postions on the line. That's something Dimitroff and the coaches love. He plays with a mean streak with the Falcons need on the O-line. He needs to be judged by his full body of work in the league not just last year. The Bucs O-line was horrible but Zuttah was not the problem.
Anthony Collins: He's a 6-5, 315lb Left Tackle for the Bengals who would also be 26 by the time training camp starts. He has been a part time starter since coming into the league 4 years ago. During those starts he has played well. Of course not well enough to take over the starting position full time, but that could change if given an opportunity on another team. He has good footwork and hand placement and can keep up with some of the league speed rushers of the edge. He can come a cheap price and could become a staple at LT for years to come.
These two O-line signing could fill two needs and make the O-line younger.
Brandon Carr: He's a 6-0, 207lb CB for the Kansas City Chiefs who will be 26 by the time training camp starts. He has started every game since his rooking year. He would fit well into the new DC scheme. He has played man and off coverage in KC and has the size to match up better with taller receivers. He regressed in 2011 but could benefit from a change in scenery. He's not being a coveted as some of the other corners on the market like Grimes, Finnegan, and Rogers. He could be one of the biggest steals during the free agency period.
Terrell Thomas: He's a 6-0, 191lb CB for the New York Giants who will be 27 by the time training camp starts. He missed the entire 2011 season due to torn ACL injury. He suffered this injury in August and should be ready by the time training camp starts. This would definitely be a risky signing but could pay off if he could return to his former self. The injury will definitely lower his price tag but he would bring great experience and play to the team if completely recovered.
One of these signing could bring help bolster the CB position with the assumed departure of Brent Grimes.
Mark Anderson: He's a 6-4, 255lb Defensive End who will be 29 by the time training camp starts. He is coming off a Super Bowl appearance with the New England Patriots. He wasn't the starter in the beginning of the year but took over after Andre Carter was put on injured reserve. He amassed 10 sacks this year as his career was revitalized. He career started in Chicago where he was thought to become a great edge rusher but his progress stalled in later years with Chicago and also in Houston. Hopefully the Super Bowl appearance doesn't drive up his price.
Jeremy Mincey: He's a 6-3, 270lb Defensive End for the Jacksonville Jaguars who will be 28 by the time training camp starts. I know, I know. Another connection with Coach Mike Smith and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This might be another connection that would work out well. He's a local from Stateboro, Ga. He finished with eight sacks this year which is a great feat considering how the Jags were mostly trailing in games with teams trying to run out the clock. He has versatility playing both end positions. He might be the priciest potential signing along with Brandon Carr but shouldn't garner a max contract as elite talent like Mario Williams or Cliff Avril.
Signing one DE who is younger and provide the same production would fill the void with Abe potentially leaving and the coaches not wanting to turn over the reigns to Lawrence Sidbury.
These are my thoughts of potential free agents the Falcons could sign without breaking the bank. Signing both O-linemen and one CB and DE would be ideal. This should also leave enough money to sign their own free agents. So I hope this read will be as fun and interested to you as it has been for me to write out my thoughts as a Falcon fan. Looking forward to reading your responses.
My Mock Draft will be coming soon.