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Dan Quinn says he hasn’t talked to Dwight Freeney about playing for the Falcons

He said, he said.

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A week or so ago, the great Dwight Freeney said in a radio interview that he had been in touch with the Falcons about a return. Naturally, that sparked a lot of anticipation from fans who enjoyed Freeney mentoring Vic Beasley and turning in a pretty great season in his own right.

Also naturally, nothing good can last, and you should probably pump the brakes on your expectations for a Freeney return.

"I know he was pretty committed to golf, he’s such a competitor," Quinn said of Freeney, "but our conversations haven’t been about playing. When we drafted [McKinley], that was someone I wanted [Freeney] to connect with. But we haven’t talked about playing. If he does [want to return], he knows I’m going down the line of looking at our team here.’’

Quinn is the very definition of nonchalant in this story, suggesting first that he’s not sure Freeney wants to come back, then suggesting maybe he needs to follow up because “it’s somehow becoming a story.” McClure suggests in his piece that Quinn and company may want to see how good their current group of pass rushers looks before bringing Freeney back, which is perfectly legitimate. If Takkarist McKinley is healthy, this group looks a lot better than it did a year ago, which might work against Freeney coming back. Remember, if they do sign him, a guy like Courtney Upshaw or Brooks Reed will likely be on the way out.

File this story away until July or August, and we’ll see if a reunion’s in the offing.