I don't expect the Falcons to be extremely active in free agency with their cap numbers, but it looks like they're wooing a couple players besides Joe Horn. I'm kind of interested in former Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly (yes, the same Reggie Kelly we blew a second round pick on in '99) because he's become a solid receiving and blocking end since fleeing Atlanta in disgrace. He certainly would represent an upgrade behind Crumpler, though I wouldn't expect him to challenge Alge for any playing time. The Falcons are also looking at Bengals linebacker Marcus Wilkins, which would be purely a depth move designed to replace Ike Reese. They're being unexpectedly aggressive given the small amount of money left to work with, but Mughelli, Kelly, Wilkins and maaaaybe Horn wouldn't be a half bad free agent class, unless the draft goes gruesomely wrong.
Speaking of which, Rich McKay is being cagey with the press over the prospect of grabbing Calvin Johnson:
"I can't hear you," McKay said.
After hearing the question again, he said, "Just kidding. You can speculate all you want."
My hunch is no dice. Johnson is a clear talent who would help our receiving corps immensely, but the Falcons really need too many things to blow a pair of high draft picks and a player on a single receiver. With the 10th pick, the Falcons can grab either an end or a safety, and wait for a later round and try to steal a reasonably talented receiver. If you ask me, it's too much to risk for Calvin Johnson, especially based on the misguided notion that receivers generally have a massive impact their first year in the league. Oh, and he's local. So let's assume that's playing a role.