PFF names one offensive free agent the Falcons should pursue in free agency

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The Falcons are set to spend big this offseason — but will they? They don’t have too, but there’s plenty of quality names out there. PFF likes Atlanta to retain one of their own, and so do I:

Kaleb McGary isn’t the sexiest name on the market, but the Falcons do need to bring him back. Here’s what PFF had to say:


Atlanta traded up into the first round to take McGary in 2019, and after the team declined his fifth-year option for 2023, he finally looked like the player they’d always hoped he could become in 2022.

McGary’s 91.6 run-blocking grade ranked second among tackles, trailing only San Francisco 49ers great Trent Williams, with 19.7% of his run-blocking snaps earning a positive grade, also second. McGary has clearly benefited from head coach Arthur Smith’s run-heavy offense, but he also managed a career-high 66.9 pass-blocking grade, and Atlanta should continue to invest in his growth. Whether it’s Desmond Ridder or another quarterback under center, an offensive line anchored by left tackle Jake Matthews, guard Chris Lindstrom and McGary is a good way to help a young signal-caller along in their development.

McGary has shown he can be a part of a really good offensive line group, and for a team that has had bad offensive line play for the better part of a decade, it would be tough to give that consistency up in free agency.

Photographer: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

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