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Report: Falcons will let Brian Poole hit free agency

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The Falcons will let the cornerback walk.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have already made one big move in their secondary by releasing Robert Alford after five seasons. They’ve now made another, electing not to tender a contract to cornerback Brian Poole and allowing him to hit the open market.

Per ProFootballTalk, Poole has been informed of the decision.

Brian Poole has been an integral piece on the Falcons’ defense since he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2016. As Atlanta’s primary nickel corner he recorded four interceptions, recovered four fumbles, and logged five sacks — typically of the punishing variety.

The ascension of Damontae Kazee last season made Poole somewhat expendable, but I’ll concede that this one surprises me a bit. Brian Poole may not have been the best in coverage, but he was an adept blitzer and added a degree of physicality to the defense. His prodigious leveling of Aaron Rodgers in the 2016 NFC Championship Game will always bring a smile to my face.

So the Falcons will now move forward with a primary cornerback unit comprised of Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, and Damontae Kazee. Brian Poole will hit the open market on March 13, and something tells me that much like Robert Alford, it won’t be long until he settles into a new home. We wish Brian the best of luck as he continues his NFL career.