To get straight to the point, yes. Patrick Kearney should be an Atlanta Falcon again. I am 100% sure of this claim and believe that if he doesn't sign with the team than the Falcon organization is not doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Now before everyone goes off on me for questioning the whole Falcon organization. Let me clarify. I know Kearney said he has retired and that his body will not allow him to train and that he is done with football. Fair enough but really he should sign with the Falcons for one major reason. He was a great addition to the Falcons over the years and truly the organization should acknowledge this and let him retire as a Falcon. See and you thought I meant to bring him in to bolster the pass rush.
You see this is based on a new trend that is going around the NFL and something that I am a huge fan of. This trend of course is signing former players to two day contracts and letting the player retire as a member of the team they played and contributed the most to throughout their careers. Two previous Falcons have been given this honor, although neither actually received this treatment from the Falcons themselves. The two former Falcons are Kicker Jason Elam and Wide Receiver Joe Horn both of whom were signed in 2010, to the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints respectively, then immediately retired from the franchises they held dear.
I believe the least the Falcons can do is give Kearney this honor as well. After all he did put up pretty good numbers, 292 Tkls 58 sacks 11FF , in eight years of service and started 105 straight games during that time span (not including playoffs). And to be honest you could put him down as one of the best Falcons of all time. He was someone who really cared for the city and was proud to wear the Atlanta Falcon's jersey. So why don't we return the favor by letting him retire in the jersey he started his great career in. The way this writer sees it, once a Dirty Bird always a Dirty Bird.