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In Uncapped Year, Atlanta Falcon Free Agency Will Be Quiet

At some point in the near future, I'll be taking an in-depth look at what free agency in an uncapped year is going to look like for the Atlanta Falcons. In the meantime, brace yourself to yawn.

That's the message from Pro Football Talk, which takes a brief look at the list of upcoming free agents and asks a question frequently posed by drunken college students:

"That's it?"

It's a justifiable position, too. With an uncapped year a near-certainty at this point, the Falcons have a ton of guys as restricted free agents who otherwise would've been major concerns. With the team having exclusive negotiating rights with Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo, they'll be able to lock up both offensive linemen if they want. Michael Koenen, Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling are also all restricted, and if the Falcons are inclined to they could keep the running back depth chart intact. It's a boost they wouldn't have had if they current CBA had been extended, and probably stands as the lone advantage of that eventuality.

So the big names left on the list are Chris Redman, who the Falcons will almost certainly bring back for a season or two, Brian Williams, who may not return, and Marty Booker. Yes, Marty Booker is one of the biggest unrestricted free agents this team is going to have to deal with. That's...something.

Obviously, this means we won't have a lot of free positions to fill, which is a blessing and a curse. The Falcons weren't very likely to wade into the depths of free agency, keeping in mind that big-time transactions this year could damage the bottom line in subsequent years if a new CBA is negotiated, and this just cuts that likelihood further. Julius Peppers probably isn't walking through that door, people.

Frankly, I'd like to see the team find a taker for Norwood, unless they can sign him for cheap. I'd rather see them dump Williams and Booker and go young at both positions. And I'd like to see us win a Super Bowl. I'm pretty flexible about how they get to that last one, but I'm also pretty confident it won't be through free agency.