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Potential Falcons target: team's preferred safety to retire?

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The Falcons are still expected to fill the hole in their secondary, but will they have fewer choices?

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The Atlanta Falcons are desperately short on talent at strong safety after releasing the oft-injured William Moore earlier this offseason. Now weeks into free agency, the Falcons are not anywhere closer to fixing that problem. Common sense would dictate that the team should be interested in Dan Quinn's former defensive back.

Walter Thurmond III played corner under Quinn, but transitioned to strong safety for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He had a nice year, so it was odd that he remained unsigned. Per Ian Rapoport, Thurmond may be done with the NFL.

Thurmond's versatility would be great for the Falcons, who have questions at starting safety and nickel back. His familiarity with Quinn, and relatively reasonable price, should have Thurmond at the top of Atlanta's wish list. They may have to wait until Thurmond ultimately decides on his future.