The Falcons are rolling on with their free agency plans, hosting a trio of players as they continue to try to shore up positions of need.
The #Falcons are not done yet. TE and safety visiting today.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 13, 2015
Free-agent Guard Shelley Smith is scheduled to land in Atlanta tonight for a Saturday visit with Falcons, according to a source.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 13, 2015
Shelley Smith is the only confirmed name. He'd add veteran competition for the starting left guard gig, which right now seems likely to come down to Mike Person, Harland Gunn and perhaps a rookie. I've seen Sam Baker floated as a possibility by Aaron Freeman and Scott Carasik, but I'm not hopping aboard that train just yet. Smith is not an overly inspiring choice, but has plenty of experience in zone blocking schemes and is unlikely to be expensive.
S Darian Stewart visiting Atlanta before making decision. Met with Broncos on Thursday.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 13, 2015
Darian Stewart has had an up-and-down career to this point, but he has nice range and has shown flashes of being a quality starter as recently as last year with the Baltimore Ravens. If he's signed, he'll likely compete for the starting free safety gig, and I'd anticipate he'd have a leg up over Charles Godfrey for that role.
The tight end is a complete mystery, however, and we'll have to wait to see the name trickle out. Jermaine Gresham, Scott Chandler, Rob Housler and a handful of other decent options are currently available, and while my guess would be Chandler, my heart yearns for Gresham. He's arguably the best option left, and the Falcons really shouldn't roll into the draft with just Toilolo on the roster.
We'll try to figure out who these guys are, but for now, speculate wildly in your usual fashion.