The table for Super Bowl LIII has been set, and the prayers from the Falcons’ faithful were answered, as the Saints blew a 13-point lead in the NFC Championship Game. Now that we no longer have to worry about our arch-rivals playing in our stadium for the Super Bowl, it’s time for the Falcons to turn to the mirror and re-evaluate themselves as a team. This past season was a blessing in disguise as it exposed key problems within the squad that would have hindered them in their quest for a Lombardi trophy in the future (Let’s be honest a fully healthy Falcons team was not winning the Super Bowl either). Here are a few upcoming free agents that will go a long way in fixing those depth issues if signed.
OG Quinton Spain
Spain started 15 games for the Tennesee Titans and has been a reliable starter for them over the last three seasons. Wes Schweitzer started at left guard for the Falcons this past season once Andy Levitre hit injured-reserve for the second year in a row and it is evident that the Falcons need an upgrade. While he is a decent player he would be better suited as a backup. Adding Quinton Spain solidifies the left side of the offensive line and sends a message that protecting Matt Ryan is among their top priorities.
DE Brandon Graham
With a lackluster pass rush and a run defense that leaves people wondering, the Falcons have to be monitoring the free agency market for quick fixes. In comes Brandon Graham who had a solid season for the Philadelphia Eagles finishing with 39 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, and 11 QB hits. Graham would replace Derrick Shelby at strongside defensive end and give the Falcons a formidable rotation at the position. The Falcons edge defense was one of the worst in the league. Acquiring Graham will make it difficult for opposing teams to run all over Atlanta and add a punch to the pass rush.
DT Sheldon Richardson
Two words explain what Sheldon Richardson would bring to this Atlanta Falcons defense: Pass. Rush. Richardson, while playing for the Minnesota Vikings, finished the season with 50 tackles, six tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 16 QB hits. The Falcons have been lacking interior pass rushing with Grady Jarrett as their only consistent presence. Bringing in a player like Richardson would give quite a boost to the pass rush overall and give the Falcons a dynamic rotation of players that can play on the interior defensive line.