The Atlanta Falcons continue to pile up smart signings of useful veterans, as they’ve given Blidi Wreh-Wilson a one year deal to return to the team’s corps of cornerbacks.
This is one of my favorite moves of the early offseason by a wide margin. Wreh-Wilson was a bit of a draft bust when he came out, but since winding up with the Falcons as a free agent in 2016, he’s been reliably good in his limited action with the team. BWW is a quality athlete with coverage skills that are far better than I would have expected from his pre-Atlanta reputation, and the only thing he’s struggled with is finding playing time to this point with so many players in front of him.
That will now change, more than likely, because of the way the team has re-configured its cornerback corps. Wreh-Wilson steps into a position group now down Robert Alford and Brian Poole, meaning he’s likely to be the team’s fourth cornerback for2019behind Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, and Damontae Kazee. Heck, it’s possible that Wreh-Wilson could get a real shot at the nickel cornerback job, too, though I think Kazee’s the odds-on favorite to move back to his college position and seize the gig. He certainly won’t be the sixth cornerback and gameday inactive very often unless the team makes a significant investment in cornerback this April, and that’s for the best.
We’ll see what the terms of the deal are—they may help clue us in to Wreh-Wilson’s potential role—but this is a smart signing I hoped the Falcons would make. At the very least, he gives them quality veteran insurance for the position in case of injury, and with a larger opportunity Wreh-Wilson may very well give the Falcons more than that.