After an injury filled 2013 season, the Atlanta Falcons hoped to get back to the postseason and came within one game of winning the lowly NFC South. At times, the Falcons looked really good, but they finished the season 6-10.
Who’s staying, who’s going, and what areas to they need to improve for next season? Find out.
Pending Free Agents
Osi Umenyiora (DE): Umenyiora certainly has lost a few steps, as he is getting up there in age. He can still get after the quarterback, as he had 2.5 sacks, but he was often taken out of plays with an extra blocker.
Umenyiora still has something in the tank and should be able to provide some benefit to a team. He may not be an every-down player on defense any more, but he could be good in pass rushing packages. If he can sign with a team that has a good pass rush, he could still be a valuable asset.
Verdict: Walk Away
Kroy Biermann (LB): Biermann was the team leader in sacks with 4.5 last season. The 29-year-old has spent his entire career with the Falcons and is usually good for four sacks per season.
All three of his career turnovers have been returned for a touchdown, so if he can make a play, it is usually a big one. Given the right system, Biermann would do well and it shouldn’t cost too much to re-sign him.
Dwight Lowery (S): Lowery was one of the better players in Atlanta’s secondary, as he had two interceptions. The secondary was a big problem, but that wasn’t all Lowery’s fault.
He wasn’t used in a lot of run-stopping packages, he was used more as an enforcer. He had one sack, forced two fumbles and recovered one of them.
2014 was the first full season that Lowery has played since his rookie season, so there are some questions as to whether or not he can stay healthy.
There aren’t too many strong safeties on the market and that could make him a little more valuable.
The following free agents are possible targets the Falcons could go after.
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