The Atlanta Falcons emerged as one of the most potent teams in the NFL on the offensive side of the ball in the 2012 season. They finally saw Matt Ryan fully unleashed and hitting big-time targets like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. They went onto finish the 2012 regular season with a 13-3 record with their offense carrying them.
However, their defense was somewhat sub-par for them last season and could definitely be described as inconsistent. They ranked just 23rd in the league in passing yards allowed and only 21st in the league in rushing yards allowed. They knew coming into this off-season that if they wanted to remain in the conversation with the league’s elite, they would have to improve their defense.
Though they’ve made several moves already this off-season, the Falcons may be on the verge of making their biggest move in free agency on the defensive side of the ball. According to several reports, the Falcons are in preliminary talks with veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour. The deal reportedly isn’t that close, but there’s a solid possibility that it will happen.
If the Falcons were able to ink Seymour, it would be huge for their defensive line. Seymour is a huge body to help anchor the Falcons’ line and, with 57.5 career sacks, he would also give them a strong pass rusher, something that Atlanta seriously lacked last season. Though the Falcons will still want their offense to be playing a t a high level next season, adding a lineman like Seymour to their defense would improve their D and alleviate some of the pressure on their offense.