A few hours ago, the top MLB free agent was all but certain to go to the Chicago Bears. Things are reportedly much more fluid, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The two teams now making the strongest push for Broncos free-agent LB Danny Trevathan are Atlanta and Chicago, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Trevathan would be a fantastic signing, and I am not even too worried about the price. Luckily, ESPN's Vaughn McClure heard a price, and it sounds pretty reasonable considering today's reported contract numbers.
@AdamSchefter report on Trevathan and Falcons doesn't surprise me. Heard looking for more than $7 mil per year. We'll see.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 9, 2016
Atlanta needs a serious influx of talent at linebacker, and their defense struggled because MLB Paul Worrilow struggles mightily due to a lack of speed and strength.
Trevathan solves this problem immediately, and likely provides the biggest, quickest impact of any defensive player. He can provide veteran experience, and make an impact on all three downs. Atlanta's defensive coordinator Richard Smith was Trevathan's former defensive coordinator, and Chicago's head coach John Fox coached Trevathan for the first three seasons of his career. It is a good sign that the two teams most in on Trevathan have so much experience with him as a player.
He would likely become Atlanta's biggest free agency signing since 2011, and provide a huge boost to Dan Quinn's defense.