O'Brien Schofield came to Atlanta because he was a Dan Quinn guy, first and foremost. He may return to Atlanta because he proved himself to be a capable player and a vocal leader for a locker room in flux. Here's how he stacked up in 2015, and what that means for 2016.
Schofield wound up starting 10 games, playing in 16, and chipping in a pair of sacks and a couple of big plays, while also playing solid across the board. He's no one's idea of a dynamic starter and, if he re-signs, figures to be more of a capable reserve getting 20-plus snaps a game than the lineup fixture he was in 2015. We heard publicly—and through rumors—that he was a consistent presence in team meetings and during the players-only meetup that garnered so much publicity, chiefly as a positive presence. If you have a great locker room guy who can contribute on defense and special teams, that's a good use of a one year deal.
Schofield is an unrestricted free agent heading into March.
Schofield apparently endeared himself to teammates, clearly wants to return, and is a Dan Quinn favorite. If he'll sign for a year or two at a reasonable price tag, expect him to come back and contribute as a key reserve for what we're all hoping is a greatly improved Falcons defense.