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Harry Douglas was an excellent fit for the slot in 2008-2011 and could only get better under the new scheme.
The Falcons may have some issues in terms of playoff advancement, but they definitely have talent, especially in their free agents.
There are also a lot of them, so bear with us as we go over their values.
These values will be determined, in part, by common sense, but also by contracts signed by similar players. Values will be determined by the contract that is projected to be offered on the open market for their services.
UFA - QB Chris Redman - Update: Falcons have confirmed they have re-signed QB Chris Redman
UFA - RB Jason Snelling: Update: The Falcons have re-signed RB Jason Snelling.
UFA - WR Harry Douglas - Update: The Falcons have re-signed WR Harry Douglas.
Harry Douglas is a great slot-man, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him come back to Atlanta for a contract similar to what Jordy Nelson signed with the Packers. Douglas is going to see a bigger role in Atlanta under the new scheme and coordinator.
UFA - WR Eric Weems - 1-2 years, $2.5-5.5 million ($2.5 million-$2.75 million avg/year)
Eric Weems is a great special-teams talent. He's an ace gunner and can really change the tide of the game with his return skills. Weems is the strongest player under 180 pounds in the NFL and has been extremely productive as a tackler and returner.
UFA - TE Reggie Kelly - 1 year, veteran minimum
He's old, one of Dan Reeves' picks (only about a handful of them are left in the NFL) and is at the point where he should retire.
UFA - OL Kirk Chambers - 1 year, veteran minimum
Very good, cheap depth and should be worth it to come back as a veteran camp body. Could be a good fit in the mixed scheme for Pat Hill, who does best with solid pass-blockers who can learn to run block, and Chambers fits that mold to a T.
UFA - OL Brett Romberg - 1 year, veteran minimum
As much as Atlanta should be looking at options for guard, Romberg is a true center. And honestly, his best fit should only be if Hawley and McClure go down for the season.
UFA - C Todd McClure - 1 year, $1 million
He has given his blood, sweat and life for the Falcons over the past 12 years, and has started almost every game in that span. The "Mud Duck" as his line mates like to call him, is the best center in the NFL to have never been to a Pro Bowl.
UFA - DE John Abraham - Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports via his Twitter that the Falcons reached an agreement with DE John Abraham.
UFA - DE Kroy Biermann: Update: The Falcons agreed to terms with DE Kroy Biermann.
UFA - LB Curtis Lofton - Update: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via his Twitter that the Saints have agreed to a five-year deal with former Falcons' linebacker Curtis Lofton.
UFA - CB Kelvin Hayden - 1 year, veteran minimum
Performed well in nickel sets, and could be inexpensive after his knee injury late in the year. A bit of a risk, though, as Hayden has been injured quite a bit recently. Most likely situation could be retirement instead of signing with a team.
UFA - CB Brent Grimes: Update: The Falcons have put the franchise tag CB Brent Grimes
UFA - S Thomas Decoud: Update: The Falcons agreed to terms with FS Thomas Decoud.
UFA - S James Sanders - 1 year, veteran minimum
Could come cheap, but isn't worth what some will think he is. Missed a lot of tackles and gave up a lot of plays on defense in 2011. His best fit is as the fourth safety on a team.
UFA - LS Joe Zelenka - 1 year, veteran minimum
He hasn't had a bad snap in three years for the Falcons, plus long-snappers are cheap.
RFA - DT Vance Walker - 1 year, $1.92 million (2nd round and right of first refusal tender)
One of the better all-around reserve DTs. Does extremely well against the run and is a great fit as both a 1-tech and 3-tech DT. This one is pretty cut-and-dry. Walker has improved every year statistically and will only continue to get better.
ERFA - RB Antone Smith: Update: The Falcons re-signed ERFA RB Antone Smith
ERFA-TE Michael Palmer: Update: The Falcons re-signed ERFA TE Michael Palmer
ERFA - OG Andrew Jackson: Update: Falcons re-sign ERFA OG Andrew Jackson