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Falcons still looking for defensive line help via free agency


The Atlanta Falcons have had a relatively quiet offseason with few notable additions to the roster via free agency. However, general manager Thomas Dimitroff has confirmed that the team is still looking to add possible reinforcements to the defensive line via free agency.

Per Knox Bardeen of 92.9 The Game:

Thomas Dimitroff told @JohnFricke & @Bighugh53 the #Falcons will look for more DL help through free agency, but won’t add just to add. Must be a scheme fit & team must consider upcoming FAs like Jake Matthews, Grady Jarrett etc.

The Falcons’ defensive line depth has taken a bit of a hit this offseason after a pair of veterans departed in free agency. Nose tackle Dontari Poe left for the division rival Carolina Panthers, while Adrian Clayborn, who had a team-high 9.5 sacks last season, also went to the New England Patriots.

Apart from third-round pick Deadrin Senat and Derrick Shelby, whom they just cut and re-signed, they haven’t added anyone else of note as of yet.

The Falcons still have a good deal of star power along that defensive line with Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley, and Tak McKinley, who could make a jump in his second season. Having those young stars will help fill in some of the holes along that D-line. Meanwhile, taking care of Jarrett is obviously an important consideration for the team when it comes to future personnel moves.

At the same time, though, the Falcons must also take into account the depth around him in the D-line if they truly want to contend once again this upcoming season.