The Atlanta Falcons have accomplished a lot this offseason, but they still have some things they need to address if they want to make it back to the playoffs. If they address these areas, they could be a Super Bowl contender again. Already, the Falcons have managed to accomplish some basic goals.
The first of which was re-signing all of their worthy unrestricted, restricted and exclusive rights free agents. By bringing back Joe Hawley, Mike Johnson, Corey Peters, Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, and Robert McClain, they invested in guys who are experienced in Atlanta’s schemes.
They also ensured that the starting point for free agency was where they left off in the 2013 season. They did get rid of some players who were past their prime, often injured or weren’t worth their contracts anymore— Asante Samuel, Thomas DeCoud, Stephen Nicholas, Garrett Reynolds and Bradie Ewing.
Oh, and Tony Gonzalez retired so that he could go be part of CBS’s announcing team.
The Falcons took their new-found cap money to fortify the interior of their offensive and defensive lines. Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson will eat double-teams all day on defense.
And Jon Asamoah should be the first good right guard in Atlanta since Harvey Dahl left for St. Louis in 2011. They also added some explosiveness with the signing of Devin Hester. Add in Javier Arenas for some depth, and the Falcons are now much more talented than they have been in years.
Despite the Falcons already accomplishing a lot this offseason, there is still a lot left to do. They need to establish who the starting free safety is going to be. They need to bring in someone to compete with Levine Toilolo for starting tight end.
They need to bring in a violent edge-rusher, someone who will allow the Falcons defense to be more versatile in scheme than it already is. They need to bring in some competition and depth at offensive tackle.
Not just that, they need to bring in depth for the entire team.