Report: Falcons among those who were hoping to land Mike Evans in free agency

NFL: JAN 03 Falcons at Buccaneers

Outside of quarterback, the Falcons’ biggest positional need this offseason should be wide receiver.

Drake London is the only player at the position under contract that is worth a damn. It will be completely overhauled this offseason. The Falcons should be expected to come away with a couple of starting-caliber receivers in the coming months.

One of those targets is off the market, though. This morning, it was announced that the Buccaneers and Mike Evans reached an agreement on a two-year, $52 million contract that includes $35 million guaranteed.

Shortly after that news broke, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported that the Falcons were among several teams that were hoping to land Evans in free agency.

He reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the 10th straight season and was the co-leader in touchdowns (13) this past season. Mike Evans is a future Hall of Famer who has been terrorizing the Falcons for the past decade.

Obviously, it would’ve been a beautiful acquisition to not only land that kind of talent but to also steal Evans away from a division rival. The Falcons are very clearly interested in adding a high-profile wideout this offseason because Evans’ potential price tag would’ve likely been the highest in the free agent class.

Now, the Falcons will be sifting through other top free agent wide receivers, including Michael Pittman, Calvin Ridley, Odell Beckham Jr., among others.

The draft class also features a wide breadth of talent. At the top, Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze will be in play for the Falcons in the first round, but there are plenty of intriguing options in the later rounds as well.

Photographer: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire
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