Falcons Make Overtures Toward Center Todd McClure

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: Todd McClure #62 and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders wait to enter the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons will have to go young at center one of these days. It may not be in 2012.

That's the conclusion I came to after reading Mike Smith's recent comments about Todd McClure, the living legend who has missed only three games at the position since taking over full-time back in 2001. McClure remained an effective blocker last season and is considered a leader by the Falcons, and he's been around through four different coaching staffs. A leader and a player, says Smith:

"Todd has had a great four years since we've been here," head coach Mike Smith told PFW. "I can't speak to Todd in terms of what his thoughts are moving forward, but he's been an integral part of what we've accomplished. He's kind of been the cornerstone for our offensive line the last four years."

Read that and tell me the Falcons don't have some level of interest in keeping the 35-year-old around, at least for one more season. Given that Joe Hawley didn't knock anyone's socks off this year and the Falcons could use the strongest possible line in 2012, it makes perfect sense to keep McClure around if he's willing to come back for another season. I've seen nothing to indicate that he's ready to get the hell out of town.


Related: Todd McClure Done As A Falcon?

So let's hope an accord is reached. If the Falcons can lock down McClure and add a left tackle or left guard in free agency, I like their chances of keeping Matt Ryan alive and Michael Turner & Friends running strong.

What do you say?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Falcoholic

You must be a member of The Falcoholic to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Falcoholic. You should read them.

Join The Falcoholic

You must be a member of The Falcoholic to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Falcoholic. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker