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2017 NFL free agency: Falcons explored offer to guard T.J. Lang, are no longer interested

Cost is the big factor here.

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The free agent guard market was wacky more or less from the start, with the oft-unappreciated position getting big money from teams desperate to upgrade their interior offensive lines. Seeing that market, it’s little surprise the Falcons have decided to bow out of it.

Lang is likely to get huge money from a team like Seattle, which has a desperate need, and the Falcons already have big money committed to four of their five starting spots along the line. It’d be nice to get someone like Lang, a borderline great guard, to set this offense up for continued dominance, but it’s not that realistic given how much cap space they have.

Forrest Lamp, the likely first round choice out of Western Kentucky, is the most obvious potential draft pick for this Falcons team, but they may also be able to get a starting-caliber player later on, or by investing a mid-tier free agent once the craziness dies down. So long as they don’t wind up starting an active liability at right guard, they should be in good shape.