The Falcons aren’t worried about the wide receiver depth chart after losing Taylor Gabriel in free agency. They could move forward next season with either Marvin Hall or Reggie Davis in that No. 3 wide receiver position, according to a report from the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter.
Atlanta’s been quiet in free agency, with the only major move being the signing of guard Brandon Fusco to a three-year, $12.75 million deal. Gabriel, Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe were all allowed to hit the market.
But for the Falcons, this is what it looks like when everything goes according to plan. They don’t have many glaring needs on the roster, and so there’s no urgency to overspend in free agency when the Falcons could instead focus on building through the draft.
Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff are confident in this approach.
“That’s where our focus is, continue to hopefully sign the players that are going to help us get back to being a championship football team,” Dimitroff said, via Ledbetter. “I could not ask for a better partner than Dan Quinn through this entire process. We are really honed in on the moves we need to make inside the organization and outside, potentially.”
The Falcons have made some free agency splashes in the past. Some, like Alex Mack, have worked out. Others — Ray Edwards comes immediately to mind — have not.
So instead of looking for veteran wide receiver depth in free agency, the Falcons may just work with guys who are already in the roster. Drafting a replacement is also a possibility. And it’s a less risky move than overpaying for a player who will be, at best, third on the depth chart.