With the conclusion of the Pro-Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons have closed the book on their successful season. A season that placed the team as the number one seed in the NFC but fell short against the Green Bay Packers in a disappointing loss. As the offseason rumor mill starts getting warmed up, many experts, fans and pundits alike look towards the draft to help bolster the Falcons.
While the draft is certainly exciting for Falcon fans many wonder if there will be another free agent splash as with the previous years. With Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez and Dunta Robinson added to the fold via free agency the past few years, one can only assume another venture into free agency is the works.
While the need for another pass rushing DE is definitely pressing given the window in which Tony Gonzalez has left, there's another glaring need for the Birds.
That glaring need would be at the running back position. As much as people want to point at how great Michael Turner has been for the Falcons, he is carrying a heavy workload. The previous offseason, much was made about lightening his carries and incorporating Turner into a receiver out of the backfield.
Neither came to fruition as Turner would again tote the rock more than 330 times, clearly wearing down as the season progressed. Turner would tally just 12 catches out of the backfield, and would not provide the added dimension the coaching staff talked at length about during the season.
While Jason Snelling is a great second option, he's just more thunder whereas the Falcons need some lightning.
Here then is five reasons why the Atlanta Falcons should sign Darren Sproles as their splash free agency signing this spring.