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Chris Long to visit Falcons today as team continues search for pass rushing punch

The veteran pass rusher has been hobbled by injuries in recent years, but would be an intriguing signing.

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Chris Long hasn't looked like himself for the last couple of seasons thanks to injuries, but when he's healthy, he's a quality player. The Falcons signed players with injury histories last year, and while it was a mixed success, Long's impending visit suggests they're w

Long, 30, put up three sacks in 12 games with five starts a season ago, with just one sack in six games back in 2014. In both cases, he was hurt and clearly limited, because he played all 16 games in every previous season and put up 50.5 sacks in six seasons. If he could regain his form at all, he would obviously be an asset for a Falcons team still searching for an increased pass rushing punch.

It's an obvious risk, though, because you simply don't know if Long is washed up at 30 or if he'll rebound. If the money's reasonable and the deal is short, I think it's a gamble worth taking, and it would add to a defensive line that now features Vic Beasley, Derrick Shelby, Adrian Clayborn, and some very promising young defensive tackles. Oh, and Tyson Jackson.

Thoughts on Long?