There are two constants in every NFL offseason: the Cleveland Browns aggressively add or remove players, and the Falcons aggressively ignore their biggest needs. The strong safety remains at the top of the list, as the braintrust has not so much as worked out a potential William Moore replacement.
Hopefully that changes soon, with this Pro Bowler's recent release.
Cleveland I'm gone!— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) April 2, 2016
Whitner is known as a heavy-hitting box safety that would be a big upgrade over Atlanta's prior safety. He would be a solid fit filling the Kam Chancellor role in Dan Quinn's defense. Even though he is turning 31 prior to the start of the season, Whitner has stayed healthy and has made an impact on the field. He could be a great starter for next season while a rookie gets up-to-speed for 2017.
Whitner had an impressive but short stint with the Browns, according to ESPN's Pat MacManamon.
Whitner spent the last two seasons with the Browns and made one Pro Bowl after signing as a free agent prior to the 2014 season. In two seasons, he had 187 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed.
The Falcons are likely planning on grabbing a safety early in the draft, but the team should have a solid backup plan in case if those plans do not work out.