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Which wide receiver should the Falcons target in free agency?

The Falcons need another receiver, and there are a handful of intriguing free agents on the market. Which ones should Atlanta target?

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The Falcons would be wise to look for a veteran free agent receiver this offseason to complement Julio Jones. I do expect the team to retain Roddy White, but because of his age and declining speed and ability to get separation, White can't be looked upon as the number two option anymore. Justin Hardy is developing nicely and showed some flashes, but the Falcons could use a reliable veteran presence at the position.

Alshon Jeffery has spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. He played in just nine games last season, having battled injuries throughout the year. The Bears placed him on injured reserve late in the season. Jeffery had 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jeffery played in all 16 games in 2014, finishing the season with over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Word on the street is that the Bears will try to keep Jeffery, and he might be out of Atlanta's price range, but he only dropped four balls in 2015 and would be a nice complement to Julio Jones.

Both Ricardo Lockette and Jermaine Kearse are entering free agency, and the Seattle Seahawks may not want to keep both. Kearse shouldn't be terribly costly, and he does not intend to extend a hometown discount to the Seahawks. Kearse had 49 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. Kearse only dropped 1.5% of his targets in 2015 according to, and Matt Ryan could definitely use a reliable receiver.

Rishard Matthews of the Miami Dolphins suffered a season-ending rib injury toward the end of the season, but up until that point he was quietly solid on a Dolphins offense that wasn't very good. Matthews had 43 catches for 662 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games with the Dolphins last season. The Dolphins have Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker to build around, and if they opt to let Matthews walk, Atlanta should at least take a flyer on him.

Leonard Hankerson will be a free agent, and he...okay, just kidding. Hankerson isn't coming back.

Which free agent wide receivers do you think warrant consideration from the Falcons?