Grading the Atlanta Falcons Offseason Moves

Andrew HeimContributor IMarch 21, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive end Chauncey Davis #92 of the Atlanta Falcons cheers a defensive play against a pass by the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on November 23, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons have had a quiet, slow start this offseason, but that doesn't mean they haven't had a good one. Going out and blowing money on big name free agents isn't always the best approach, let's see how the Redskins and Broncos turn out.

The offseason is all about resigning your key players and filling in needs. Here are the grades of the Falcons transactions so far this offseason.


Signed CB Tony Tiller as a free agent

Grade: D+

The rookie from East Tennessee State will provide competition at the cornerback spot. It's a long shot if he makes it on the final roster.


Signed OL Will Svitek as a free agent

Grade: C+

Entering his fourth year in the league, he likely will not start but will provide great depth at tackle after Todd Weiner retired. He has experience in 16 games, starting four of them for the Chiefs in 2007.


Re-signed TE Justin Peelle

Grade: B

Showed a lot of promise last year as a pass-catching tight end. Had 15 receptions for 159 yards and two key touchdowns last year. May get overshadowed if the Falcons select a tight end in the draft.


Re-signed LB Coy Wire

Grade: B+

Was a great situational linebacker last year and ended up starting ahead of Michael Boley towards the end of last year. Will compete for the starting job next year with Stephen Nicholaus and any linebacker the Falcons draft.


Re-signed DT Jason Jefferson

Grade: C+

Smart move since Grady Jackson is now with the Lions and Trey Lewis has had injury problems. May end up being a key part to the defensive tackle rotation.


Re-signed S Jamaal Fudge

Grade: B

Lawyer Milloy was let go in Free Agency, leaving a hole at strong safety. Fudge saw action last year as a starter when Milloy was injured in one game in which he had 10 tackles and showed some signs of promise.


Re-signed DE Chauncey Davis

Grade: A

Probably the best move this offseason. Had four sacks last season, which was twice as many as starter Jamaal Anderson, and he had less time. Might end up taking the starting job over Anderson, but if he doesn't than that just means Anderson has improved.


Signed free agent C Brett Romberg

Grade: B+

A better signing than some people think. He has experience as a starter, and Todd McClure won't be around to much longer. Looks as if he will take over the starting job after McClure hangs up the cleats.


Signed free agent LB Mike Peterson

Grade: B-

Will fill in at one of the outside linebacker spots after Boley and Brooking left. Had some character issues in Jacksonville, which is why this signing is somewhat sceptical. Some think he isn't much of an upgrade over Brooking either. Hopefully his character won't be an issue and he can thrive on the outside. He will also bring leadership.


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