Bruce Irvin And 4 Other Free Agents Atlanta Falcons Must Pursue In 2016 NFL Offseason

By Brad Berreman

The Atlanta Falcons started the 2015 season fast at 5-0 faded into an 8-8 finish in Dan Quinn‘s first campaign as head coach. Heading into the offseason, here are five free agents the Falcons should target.

Bruce Irvin And 4 Other Free Agents Atlanta Falcons Must Pursue In 2016 NFL Offseason
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5. TE Marcedes Lewis

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Jacob Tamme finished third on the team with 59 receptions this season, but the Falcons could easily seek another option at tight end during the offseason. Lewis is heading into free agency off a down season, as Julius Thomas took over as the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end, but as a solid blocker and viable red zone weapon, he looks like a nice fit in Atlanta.

5. TE Marcedes Lewis

Jacob Tamme finished third on the team with 59 receptions this season, but the Falcons could easily seek another option at tight end during the offseason. Lewis is heading into free agency off a down season, as Julius Thomas took over as the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end, but as a solid blocker and viable red zone weapon, he looks like a nice fit in Atlanta.

4. WR Jason Avant

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Avant had a highly uninteresting 2015 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs, with just 15 catches for 119 yards during the regular season. He won't break the bank heading into free agency, as he closes in on his 33rd birthday, but the Falcons should target Avant as a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver.

4. WR Jason Avant

Avant had a highly uninteresting 2015 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs, with just 15 catches for 119 yards during the regular season. He won't break the bank heading into free agency, as he closes in on his 33rd birthday, but the Falcons should target Avant as a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver.

3. CB/S Walter Thurmond

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Thurmond made a solid transition to safety with the Philadelphia Eagles this season, with 71 total tackles and three interceptions. His final season with the Seattle Seahawks (2013) overlapped with Dan Quinn's stint as defensive coordinator, and the Falcons need to add to their secondary, making for a nice fit.

3. CB/S Walter Thurmond

Thurmond made a solid transition to safety with the Philadelphia Eagles this season, with 71 total tackles and three interceptions. His final season with the Seattle Seahawks (2013) overlapped with Dan Quinn's stint as defensive coordinator, and the Falcons need to add to their secondary, making for a nice fit.

2. WR Rueben Randle

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Randle has earned an underachiever label over his four seasons with the New York Giants, but he did have a career-high eight touchdown receptions in 2015. Atlanta needs to find a better No. 2 wide receiver to go with Julio Jones, and Randle can at least be that.

2. WR Rueben Randle

Randle has earned an underachiever label over his four seasons with the New York Giants, but he did have a career-high eight touchdown receptions in 2015. Atlanta needs to find a better No. 2 wide receiver to go with Julio Jones, and Randle can at least be that.

1. LB Bruce Irvin

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The connection to Irvin and Atlanta is clear, with Dan Quinn's aforementioned stint as Seahawks defensive coordinator in mind. The Falcons also had a league-low 19 sacks during the regular season, so Irvin can help fill a dire need for more pass rush and add some much-needed talent to the team's group of linebackers.

1. LB Bruce Irvin

The connection to Irvin and Atlanta is clear, with Dan Quinn's aforementioned stint as Seahawks defensive coordinator in mind. The Falcons also had a league-low 19 sacks during the regular season, so Irvin can help fill a dire need for more pass rush and add some much-needed talent to the team's group of linebackers.

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