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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Mar. 11

It’s free agent time.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Do you like free agency? Good, us too. We also happen to enjoy window shopping, which is pretty much what Atlanta’s been relegated to since they’re flat broke. There should be a minor move or two, but the Falcons’ unenviable cap space standing is prohibitive when getting starry-eyed over the big names about to hit the market.

With that bit of positivity, here’s Falcoholinks for your Monday.

Looking Toward Free Agency

The free agency period officially begins on Wednesday, and while the Falcons are fairly cash-strapped, there are still some moves that could be made. One spot that the team may choose to address is the defensive tackle position, and there are a number of presumably affordable guys who are primed to hit the market.

The trenches will be the common theme during free agency and in the draft, and the guard spot is an obvious area of need. There has been murmurs in the run up to free agency regarding Atlanta’s interest in a number of interior offensive lineman, and the team’s desire to bolster the O-line with a free agent addition.

With the Falcons current cap standing, a big splash in free agency is almost entirely out of the question. Whatever moves they make, we all hope they turn out better than the crop of players the brought on board in 2018.

Best Defensive Players of 2018

The Falcoholic’s Adnan Ikic recently ran through the best Falcons offensive players in 2018, so naturally he’s flipped to the other side of the ball. Checking in at number five is one of the better, under-the-radar free agents Atlanta has signed in recent years.

Despite the Defense

Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate dropped a jarring piece this week, detailing the ugly defensive statistics during Matt Ryan’s time in Atlanta. The Matt Ryan era has been the most successful stretch for this franchise, but the Falcons’ run during this period has been defined by the strength of the offense — and the ability to overcome the glaring shortcomings of the defense.

More Mocks!

Are you enjoying mock draft season? Great — then here’s some good news: The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight is out with the fifth edition mock, one that includes four early picks to bulk up both of Atlanta’s lines.