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How many long-term starters do the Falcons have on the roster?

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How many long-term starters do the Falcons actually have? We ask that question both because the future is important and scary, and because 2016 looks like it's going to be a tough year for Atlanta to contend in, given the schedule and the perhaps limited upgrades on defense we'll see this offseason.

Let's define our parameters, here. I'd say a long-term starter would be a player you feel assured will be around for at least the next three seasons, and preferably longer. You can, if you like, try to figure out the likelihood they'll return if their contract runs up, but I'm not getting that deep into it right now.

Falcons Long-Term Starters

QB Matt Ryan
RB Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman
WR Julio Jones
WR Mohamed Sanu
LT Jake Matthews
C Alex Mack
RT Ryan Schraeder

DE Vic Beasley
DE Derrick Shelby
DT Grady Jarrett
CB Desmond Trufant
CB Robert Alford

P Matt Bosher
LS Josh Harris

It's sobering to look at this list, frankly. The offense has nice pieces, but they're missing long-term options at guard and tight end. The defense doesn't feature a lot of great long-term players, and I'm not convinced Robert Alford is actually coming back when his contract is up. Guys like Ra'Shede Hageman and Ricardo Allen could prove t hey belong on this list with quality years in 2016, but we're just not there yet.

Does your list agree with mine?