The Atlanta Falcons kicked off free agency this week with a flurry of quality signings. They're showing a willingness to spend money and patch some of the glaring holes that plagued the roster last season. It's a good start, but there's still work to do.
The Falcons paid versatile edge rusher O'Brien Schofield $1.7 million last season. (It was a one-year deal that essentially doubled his previous year's salary.) Schofield proved to be a valuable asset and Dan Quinn is a fan, but the Falcons aren't going to overpay him. Given that, there's no contract in sight. And per the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter, the parties are still at a definite impasse.
"No new progress there," Quinn said Friday. "Scho is somebody that I absolutely love. ... We are not there yet. He knows our stance on things. The personal connection and the respect that I have for him is big-time. But no news on his side at this point."
Dave posted a Schofield tweet yesterday where he basically said a return to Atlanta is a non-option. Then news broke yesterday that the Dolphins, Cowboys, and Seahawks are considering adding Schofield. As of now, he remains a free agent. With any luck, the market on 28-year-old, part-time linebackers will soften in the days ahead.