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NFL free agency: Atlanta Falcons looking at pass rusher Nick Perry

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The Green Bay pass rusher finally put it together in 2016.

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The Green Bay Packers drafted Nick Perry in the first round way back in 2012. He hasn’t been a household name after notching an average of about three sacks a year from 2012 to 2015. The big, athletic player from USC put it all together in 2016 with 11 sacks.

Now a free agent, the Falcons are trying to pounce on the super athletic pass rusher. How athletic? Perry is 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, and ran the 40 in in 4.64 seconds. He had some ridiculous numbers in the broad jump and vertical jump, too. Dan Quinn has a type.

I have seen projections on Perry ranging from $10 million a year all the way up to $14 million a year. Compare to Chandler Jones netting around $16 million a year, and I think Perry should be somewhere on the middle of that range.

How could Perry help the Falcons? He was an impact player in the run game, and seems to have finally put it together as a pass rusher. He’s obviously not as proven as Jones, but would be a major upgrade over Brooks Reed in every way possible.

Update: Life comes at you fast.