So the Falcons haven't made a lot of moves early on. This is not cause for panic.
Here's what we know as of 8 p.m. on this fine--if anxiety-inducing--Tuesday night:
- The Bills are desperately wooing Mario Williams and may sign him before he ever gets out of Buffalo. Emphasis on may.
- The Buccaneers may be backing off Curtis Lofton, whose market value just took a hit in the process.
- Harry Douglas is rumored to be choosing between the Rams and Falcons.
- The Falcons are going to have to fistfight the Bears and probably the Patriots for mid-tier pass rushers. It can be done, folks. I promise.
- Guys like Carl Nicks, Jake Scott and Ben Grubbs are still out there. If the Falcons want them that is.
- The Titans are going after John Abraham.
- The Falcons haven't signed anyone since free agency opened.
Look, it's going to be hard to get Mario Williams now. We knew it wasn't going to be easy, even if Buffalo comes out of left field. If the Falcons get a shot at wooing him they're probably in it, but they may not get that shot.
We should not assume that because the Falcons haven't gotten anyone in the first four hours of free agency that they're doomed. On the contrary, it's likely to clarify both the market and the kinds of guys the Falcons can go after. Instead of a Mario Williams or Carl Nicks, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they landed some combination of a Jeremy Mincey, a Demetrius Bell, a mid-tier slot receiver, depth signings and special team help. All of us were and are hoping for some kind of move that says the Falcons are serious about taking strides forward, but there's still plenty of time and quality free agents out there.
We're all fans, and we all get excited about the possibilities. I've gotten pretty pumped in recent weeks thinking about the possibility of Super Mario landing in Atlanta. Ultimately, though, there's enough out there to improve the team without sinking all the team's remaining cap space into a single player. We're just going to have to be patient and--according to your perspective on the front office--trust or hope.
Continue the discussion and we'll roll through the evening. Maybe the Falcons will even sign somebody.