Falcons bringing in Dwight Freeney for tryout (smart move)

Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who had eight sacks with Arizona last season, says he wants to play one more season. (Getty Images)

Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who had eight sacks with Arizona last season, says he wants to play one more season. (Getty Images)

Last week I wrote a blog suggesting that the sack-starved Falcons should bring in veteran free agent outside linebacker Dwight Freeney for a possible pass-rush role on the team. Click here for that blog.

Today we find out that Freeney is on the way. ESPN’s Jim Trotter first reported that Freeney told him he will visit the Falcons next week after spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday.

The Falcons have confirmed Freeney’s impending visit to the Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter.

For my next trick, I will suggest the Braves make trades for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw.

Before you ask — yes, the Falcons do have room on the roster should they decide to sign Freeney. They waived offensive lineman Cody Elenz, bringing them to 88 players, two below the limit.

This is a good decision by the Falcons. Even at the age of 36, Freeney might have something left to give in pass rush situations. Coaches would obviously limit his snaps. He had eight sacks and three forced fumbles in only 11 games with Arizona last season after spending 11 years with Indianapolis and two with San Diego. The eight sacks would’ve doubled the Falcons’ leader in 2015 (Vic Beasley had four).

The mere fact that coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff are considering Freeney illustrates they have a level of concern. And they should. Even with adding speed in the draft, help is needed.

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DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

An old Freeney if healthy might be a better pass rusher than anybody on the Falcons roster. Besides he can help the young guys learn the technique and moves.

Jumperdude
Jumperdude

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And so the starting defensive lineup for the Falcs will be seven linebackers,three small dbs and a safety. WOW!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Freeney, Freeney, Freeney!!

slydawg
slydawg

What is smart about this move? It's called finding a patch; because in 2016, there existed the deepest defensive front 4 draft in about 10 years and the Falcons did not draft one. In fact, they over drafted the first two slots, displaying the constant roster arrogance Dimitroff exhibits annually. It's not Dan Quinn's job nor function to run drafts, although his input was heavy. Draft savvy is up to the front office, not coaches, regardless of personnel power.

Bringing in all these old players and hurt players is just more of the same old thing. Patchwork ever since the Julio Jones trade.