The Falcons, who have elected not to use the franchise or transition tag this offseason, have entered into contract talks with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, defensive tackle Corey Peters and center/guard Joe Hawley.
Out of the list of Falcons free agents, these three stood out as the likeliest re-signings. Corey Peters played a high level in 2013 and is young enough that he should have several quality years ahead of him, so he would seem to be a lock to return. His torn Achilles will require several months of rehabilitation, but assuming he's on track to be ready for the start of the season, Peters is a smart signing for the Falcons.
Babineaux is 32 years old and has been an integral part of the team for the last nine years. Assuming he's willing to sign a reasonable deal, he makes a ton of sense as a 2014 starter and future rotational piece who can still be a disruptive force in the backfield.
Finally, Joe Hawley provides reasonably priced depth at worst and a potential starting option if he can beat out Peter Konz at center. He's still just 25 years old, so it's reasonable to argue that his best years are ahead of him, and he'll likely come at a reasonable price.
I hope all three of these deals get done, myself, and then we can begin free agency in earnest. How about you guys?