Falcons home defensive line targets

The NFL’s new league year begins on March 16, which also marks the official start of free agency. While the Falcons are unlikely to make any splashy signings, the team has holes in almost every position.

After looking at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive tackle and interior offensive line positions, let’s take a look at five interior defensive linemen Atlanta could target in free agency.

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Even though he will be 36 at the start of next season, Calais Campbell can still play at a high level. The veteran defensive lineman would give the Falcons a good bridge option if they couldn’t secure a long-term extension with Grady Jarrett. Campbell is a two-time All-Pro and has appeared in six Pro Bowls. Not only is he a force in the middle, but he’s also had a huge presence in the locker room, winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2019.

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The Falcons have been targeting former Bears players recently, so why not add another who could serve as a transition option while the front office considers what to do with Jarrett? Even if Jarrett signs an extension, Hicks would still make sense for Atlanta. The 32-year-old is still productive enough to upgrade and should be priced reasonably.

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If Fontenot wants to fill the defensive line again with rotational pieces, then Vernon Butler could be an option. He’s never seen more than 40% of his team’s defensive snaps and also plays a good number of special teams. It would be an inexpensive, low-risk option for the Falcons in 2022.

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Gholston spent his nine years in the NFL in Tampa, but has seen his usage drop off a bit in recent years. Despite that, Gholston had 31 QB hits, 7.5 sacks and 15 TFLs over the past two seasons. He would be one of the best players to field next to Grady Jarrett in some time.

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While the Bengals’ offense played a role in getting the team to the Super Bowl, their defense arguably played a much bigger role. Ogunjobi led all interior defensive linemen on the Bengals in QB pressures and was third in total tackles. However, he accounted for a missed tackle percentage of almost 25%. After having a career year, Ogunjobi may be a bit too expensive for the Falcons, especially for someone who misses nearly one in four tackles.

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  • IDL–Al Woods–UFA
  • IDL – Antwaun Woods – UFA
  • IDL-Austin Johnson-UFA
  • IDL – BJ Hill – UFA
  • IDL – Bilal Nichols – UFA
  • IDL – Brandon Williams – UFA
  • IDL – Brent Urban – UFA
  • IDL-Carl Davis-UFA
  • IDL – Carlos Watkins – UFA
  • IDL – Christian Covington – UFA
  • IDL – Christian Ringo – UFA
  • IDL – Corey Peters – UFA
  • IDL – DJ Jones – UFA
  • IDL – Danny Shelton – UFA
  • IDL – DaQuan Jones – UFA
  • IDL – Darius Philon – UFA
  • IDL – Derrick Nnadi – UFA
  • IDL – Folorunso Fatukasi – UFA
  • IDL – Gerald McCoy – UFA
  • IDL – Harrison Phillips – UFA
  • IDL-Hassan Ridgeway-UFA
  • IDL – Isaac Rochell – UFA
  • IDL – Jack Crawford – UFA
  • IDL – Jaleel Johnson – UFA
  • IDL – Jalyn Holmes – UFA
  • IDL – Jarran Reed – UFA
  • IDL – Joel Heath – UFA
  • IDL – John Jenkins – UFA
  • IDL – Johnathan Hankins – UFA
  • IDL – Jonathan Bullard – UFA
  • IDL – Josh Tupou – UFA
  • IDL – Justin Ellis – UFA
  • IDL – Justin Hamilton – UFA
  • IDL – Justin Jones – UFA
  • IDL – Kyle Peko – UFA
  • IDL – Linval Joseph – UFA
  • IDL – Maliek Collins – UFA
  • IDL – Malik Jackson – UFA
  • IDL – Margus Hunt – UFA
  • IDL – Maurice Hurst – UFA
  • IDL – Mike Pennel – UFA
  • IDL–Montravius ​​Adams–UFA
  • IDL – Nathan Shepherd – UFA
  • IDL – Ndamukong Suh – UFA
  • IDL – Nicholas Williams – UFA
  • IDL – Quinton Jefferson – UFA
  • IDL – Robert Nkemdiche – UFA
  • IDL – Sebastien Joseph – UFA
  • IDL – Shamar Stephen – UFA
  • IDL – Sheldon Day – UFA
  • IDL – Sheldon Richardson – UFA
  • IDL – Solomon Thomas – UFA
  • IDL – Steve McLendon – UFA
  • IDL – Taven Bryan – UFA
  • IDL – Tim Settle – UFA
  • IDL – Trevon Coley – UFA
  • IDL – Tyler Lancaster – UFA
  • IDL – Vincent Taylor – UFA
  • IDL – Zach Kerr – UFA
  • IDL – Darrion Daniels – SFA
  • IDL–Woodrow Hamilton–SFA
  • IDL – Anthony Rush – FRG
  • IDL – DeShawn Williams – FRG
  • IDL – Justin Zimmer – FRG
  • IDL – Kyle Phillips – FRG
  • IDL – Michael Dogbe – FRG
  • IDL – Pat O’Connor – FRG
  • IDL – Porter Gustin – FRG
  • IDL – Shy Tuttle – FRG
  • IDL – Taylor Stallworth – FRG
  • IDL – Aaron Crawford – ERFA
  • IDL – Bryan Mone – ERFA
  • IDL – Bunmi Rotimi – ERFA
  • IDL – Daniel Wise – ERFA
  • IDL – Demarcus Noël – ERFA
  • IDL – Jalen Dalton – ERFA
  • IDL – Kevin Givens – ERFA
  • IDL – Malik McDowell – ERFA
  • IDL – Marcus Webb – ERFA
  • IDL – Mike Panasiuk – ERFA
  • IDL – Robert Windsor – ERFA
  • IDL – Pie to tears – ERFA

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