The Falcons’ pass rush has been a glaring need for as long as I can remember. It was only a matter of time before Atlanta added to the EDGE position, whether that be from free agency or the draft. It seems the first domino has fallen as Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are signing former UGA outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter to a one-year deal.
#Giants pass-rusher Lorenzo Carter is expected to sign a 1-year deal with the #Falcons, source said. Carter had five sacks in his last four games, showing promise that ATL hopes to capitalize on.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2022
Carter is a former third-round pick and is still only 26-years-old. Coming off a season where he posted five sacks in 14 games, Carter capitalizes on a solid end to the 2021 season, where he posted four of his five sacks in the last few weeks of the year.
A native of Atlanta, Carter has 14.5 career sacks over four seasons and is hopefully looking ahead at his best football. Carter is a well-rounded EDGE defender, but he shouldn’t be counted on to come in and completely reshape the Falcons pass rush. He is instantly the best pure pass rusher on the team, but he shouldn’t be more than a team’s second option coming off the edge.
Carter joins Ade Ogundeji in the outside linebackers’ room, but he truly is a wild card. This is a high upside free agent signing, so it could be great or poor value depending on the contract figures.
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