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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Mar. 22


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Free agency and draft updates in Monday’s edition of Falcoholinks. Dive on in.

A QB is still on the table, but the rumors swirl

While the Falcons recently restructured Matt Ryan’s contract to clear some cap space for 2021, a quarterback still remains firmly on the table for Atlanta’s first pick in the draft. But the Falcons find themselves at an increasingly interesting spot on the draft board, with smoke swirling on what Atlanta may elect to do — like snagging University of Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

The drafting-a-quarterback topic was also the focus of the latest Falcoholic Podcast.

LB Brandon Copeland signed

The Falcons may not make a massive splash in free agency, but they’re likely to bring in a group of lesser-known contributors who add value. Linebacker Brandon Copeland fits in that particular bucket, as he will provide depth while Atlanta retools its defense.

The Falcons signed him to a one-year deal on Friday.

A center in free agency

With the departure of longtime anchor of the offense Alex Mack, the Falcons are now in need of a new center. While Matt Hennessy was brought in as the heir-apparent at the spot, Atlanta may elect to bring in their 2020 via free agency — but with the top options already signed, who may fit the bill?

A look at the roster

We’re a little under a week into the free agency period, so we took a look at the composition of the Falcons’ roster and the ways it may change between now and the start of the season.

Keanu Neal joins Dan Quinn in Dallas

Keanu Neal looked likely to leave Atlanta as a free agent, and over the weekend he inked a one-year, $5 million deal to join former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in Dallas. The Cowboys are also scheduled to meet with free-agent safety Damontae Kazee.

Brief histories

Our Evan Birchfield has been charting the recent history of draftees at each position, and this week he focuses on the cornerbacks. Could the Falcons elect to snag a CB in the first round?