As a word of warning, The Falcoholic will probably link to every released guard, tight end, and free safety until next offseason.
Today's releases are some pretty big names at some positions that could certainly use depth, if not starters.
Patriots have released TE Tim Wright, source says. Had six TDs last season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 11, 2015
Wright is a former wide receiver that would provide Ryan with a fast, athletic pass catching tight end. He played sporadically for the Patriots, but is now a free agent. While Wright would likely not start over Jacob Tamme, the Falcons depth chart behind Tamme is the oft-injured Tony Moeaki and the oft-terrible Levine Toilolo.
A potential signing would make a lot of sense for Atlanta.
Next on the list is one of the best, albeit aging, guards in the league. I wait for the day where Chip Kelly releases himself from the Eagles.
This is a very interesting release, and would provide the Falcons with a lot more options at guard and center. While the Falcons just signed Chris Chester to a $2.8 million deal, there are still question marks at center and at depth all across the line. The fit is not perfect, but the team would drastically improve their starting offensive line with the signing of Mathis.
If the team does sign Mathis, it would show a philosophical change in the way the team adds players, and the likelihood for a true competition for starting spots. I would consider his asking price to be pretty high, but the team has plenty of space to fit him if they are so inclined. They probably should be interested in both players, but especially Mathis.
Wright and Mathis: would you sign either of them? Or both of them?