It's a busy time for the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL Combine began yesterday, free agency is looming, and Thomas Dimitroff is set to launch his line of fair trade, organic, gluten-free hair products. While the Falcons need to take dramatic steps to improve their defensive personnel, all the chatter over the past couple days has centered around their wide receiver depth.
There are basically three options here. One is to do nothing. Keep Roddy White and Devin Hester on the roster and pray that Justin Hardy can be an adequate WR2. That's basically a non-option. The second option is to build through the draft. The third and final option is to go out and sign a free agent.
As for free agents, there are a few possibilities. Per Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are carefully evaluating those possibilities, understanding that free agency is volatile and unpredictable.
"At each position, there's always some guys that catch you like, `Man, that guy can really make a difference and make an impact,'" Quinn said. "And oftentimes some of those guys, whether they're franchised or get back to their own club ... free agency can be a little tricky. You're interested, interested, then they're back to their own club."
Here's where I'm at: assuming the money is right, I want them to sign a free agent. As we discussed yesterday, Travis Benjamin would be a great option. That said, I don't want to pay him $8 million a year. (I'd be more comfortable with between $5-6 million a year.) As McClure points out, Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Kearse, and Nate Washington are other options.
As I see it, trying to land a WR2 in the draft does one of two things. (Both of these possibilities scare me.) Either it forces them to use a first or second round pick, handicapping their efforts to improve the defense, or they use a later pick to draft a supposedly undervalued guy with potential. The latter possibility seems like a recipe for disaster.
So what say you? Should the Falcons go sign a free agent wide receiver? If so, what are you comfortable with them spending? Should they draft a wide receiver? If so, does it make sense to burn an early round pick? Discuss!