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Could the Falcons scoop up LB Malcolm Smith in free agency?

The Seahawk linebacker and Super Bowl 48 MVP has been a useful cog in Dan Quinn's defense the last two years.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been talking to Dan Quinn this week, and he's likely getting a feel for what the impending Falcons coach is all about. When he suggests that the Falcons could sign Malcolm Smith, then, we should pay attention.

Many of you know Smith's name from Super Bowl 48, where the young linebacker was responsible for 10 tackles and a 69 yard interception return for a touchdown. It was easily the finest game of his career, and it briefly made him a household name. The rest of his tenure in Seattle has been nowhere near those lofty heights, though Smith has been a useful player for Quinn and a terrific special teamer, which should endear him to Keith Armstrong.

We can't entirely know what Smith would be in Atlanta, given the dearth of talent in the linebacking corps and the fact that he was somewhat buried on Seattle's depth chart. For the Seahawks, though, Smith was someone who tackles well and can deliver the occasional big play, and he'd at least be a tremendously useful reserve for Atlanta. He'd be a welcome addition for this team, but you'd have to temper your expectations a bit if you think he's going to start here, even if at 25 years old he has room to grow.

I fully anticipate we'll see the new coaching staff importing some of their favorites, and Smith is perhaps the most logical fit of them all. Who else do you want to  come to Atlanta from Seattle?