The defensive tackle was picked in front of Jamaal Anderson back in 2007, and both players turned out to be incredible busts through their first three seasons. Amobi Okoye turned a promising rookie season—5.5 sacks!—into two terrible years with the Texans, followed by a decent one. After going to the Bears in 2011, he wound up with four sacks as a rotational defensive end.
Still just 24 years old, Okoye still has potential and is a perfectly solid pass-rushing defensive tackle in a good rotation. He wouldn't be enormously expensive and he's basically what Peria Jerry should be, a disruptive tackle who can quality snaps and make a difference. He's also younger than Jerry.
Would he replace him, if signed? No. I don't think Jerry's going anywhere in 2012. But if you could add a still-promising defensive tackle with some pass-rushing chops to the rotation for a relatively cheap price, avoiding spending a draft pick that you could use at other positions on him, wouldn't you do it? This is a question the Falcons have to ask themselves as they plow ahead.
They'll have plenty of competition, as Okoye has been linked to a half-dozen other teams. But I think he'd be a signing that would fit the budget and a need at the same time.
Do you agree?