Falcons named landing spot for pair of free agent cornerbacks

NFL: OCT 23 Falcons at Bengals

The Falcons have more roster needs than just quarterback.

I’d say the most pressing would be wide receiver after signal caller. Zac Robinson is expected to run a ton of three-receiver sets, and Drake London is the only one on the roster worth a damn. It’s a pretty big need.

The next two could be 3a and 3b, in my estimation, both coming on the defensive side of the ball — cornerback and edge. The latter will have plenty of potential solutions on the market, but the same cannot be said for the former.

L’Jarius Sneed is an intriguing target. Tyler Dragon of USA Today¬†is reporting the same as Tony Pauline — the Atlanta Falcons have expressed interest in Sneed, but the capital it would require to acquire him and also extend him would be considerable.

The free agent market may have a few options, a couple of which Pro Football Focus believes are fits for Atlanta.

27. CB Chidobe Awuzie, Cincinnati Bengals

Potential landing spot(s): Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta needs help at cornerback opposite A.J. Terrell, and there are not many options here. Raheem Morris got a lot out of a young, inexperienced crop of cornerbacks with the Los Angeles Rams over the past few years, but here he builds around a strong duo. A major extension for Terrell may necessitate a cheaper move here for Atlanta.

Awuzie just finished a three-year, $21 million contract with the Bengals after beginning his career with the Cowboys. The price tag should be reasonable because he’s 28 years old and only made just 32 starts over those three seasons. The Falcons could do a lot worse than Awuzie.

148. CB Keisean Nixon, Green Bay Packers

Potential landing spot(s): Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta not only needs help in the slot but also had one of the weaker kick return units in 2023, so Nixon is a good fit on both counts.

Nixon made a name for himself with the Packers, primarily contributing as a nickel defender and special teams returner. The Falcons are expecting Avery Williams back, so I’m not sure how much impact Nixon would have in the third phase of the game.

Also, I’m not sure the Falcons need help in the slot. Dee Alford and Mike Hughes showed enough that Atlanta shouldn’t feel the need to sink more cap dollars in the position. If Clark Phillips isn’t the answer on the boundary, that’s where the Falcons should bolster, not the slot.

Photographer: Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire

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