Falcons face tough free agency questions
NFL free agency begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and with it come questions for the Falcons that are almost too numerous to count.
For starters, the Falcons cleared $16 million in cap room on March 1 by releasing veterans John Abraham, Dunta Robinson and Michael Turner, with general manager Thomas Dimitroff saying the team’s priority was to re-sign its own players.
Hours before that deadline, the Falcons had only re-signed one player of consequence, Pro-Bowl safety William Moore, whose contract will eat up about $6 million of that cap space this season.
As yet unsigned are left tackle Sam Baker and cornerback Brent Grimes. There also remains the lingering question as to whether tight end Tony Gonzalez will return.
The Falcons already have holes to fill at defensive end and running back but also could use an upgrade at linebacker and possibly defensive tackle. Depending on what happens with their own players, they also could have major holes to fill at left tackle, cornerback and tight end.
It’s significant to note that last year Dimitroff did not make a major move in free agency – generally upsetting fans in the process – but later traded for cornerback Asante Samuel, who was instrumental in the team’s success in going to the NFC Championship Game.
With that in mind, here is a look at three Falcons’ players who could become free agents and four more who could be attractive targets for them on the open market.