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Falcons looking into free agent OT Joe Barksdale

The Falcons tried out a free agent offensive tackle today.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Barksdale was considered one of the better free agent offensive linemen entering free agency. However, he has been making visits for about two months but remains unsigned.

The Atlanta Falcons may change that, bringing in Barksdale to potentially settle the team's unsteady right tackle position.

The move makes a lot of sense for both parties. The St. Louis Rams have said multiple times they are interested in bringing Barksdale back, but the Rams also added 2nd and 3rd round offensive linemen. Barksdale faces less competition in Atlanta, and the Falcons still have gobs of cap space to offer him an acceptable contract.

Barksdale had an impressive 2013, ranking as a top 25 tackle according to Pro Football Focus. His play fell off to below average in 2014, likely why he has found such a soft market. However, he provides nice run blocking and the Falcons have zero tackles that are either proven or healthy.

Our current battle at the starting right tackle spot may be Sam Baker, Ryan Schraeder, and Lamar Holmes. Even an average right tackle would be a major upgrade for Atlanta. Signing Barksdale may also allow the team to try one of our former right tackles in Justin Blalock's old guard spot.

Thoughts on Barksdale potentially signing with Atlanta?