We like to think that having a connection to Scott Pioli will put a player at the top of Atlanta's free agency list. Tyson Jackson, Jon Asamoah, and Javier Arenas prove that connection to be strong, but ineffective connection. Regardless, we have previously connected Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali to Atlanta this offseason.
Well, guess what? Hali's contract has been voided, and he immediately hits free agency. We should soon know if Atlanta's in on him.
The chief knock on Hali at this point in his career is his age, and his fit as more of a high-upside rotational pass rusher than an every down player. He has 86 career sacks and had 6.5 last year, and despite his advancing age he's a very durable player, having played in at least 15 games in every season of his distinguished career. In Atlanta, he'd immediately become one of the best pass rushers on the roster, likely seeing plenty of snaps opposite Vic Beasley. If the price is right, it's a signing we'd support.
Your thoughts on Hali?