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Falcons hovering, hope to land Mario Williams

By Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

Should he make it to unrestricted free agency Tuesday -- and there was no evidence the Houston Texans were close to working out a new contract before he hits the market -- defensive end Mario Williams will clearly be the most coveted veteran this side of Peyton Manning.

So where will the six-year pro end up playing?

Don't count out the Atlanta Falcons, we keep hearing, as do some team officials around the league.

Let's call it, for lack of a better term, a semi-educated guess.

Maybe for some it's nothing more than an exercise in connecting the dots, always a dicey pursuit in the free agent game, but the Falcons have a need for a pass-rusher.

And, while Williams will have his share of suitors, expect the Falcons to be in the hunt.

Owner Arthur Blank certainly has a history of making free agent splashes, the team plays Williams' preferred front, a 4-3, and Atlanta might be emboldened some by the current problems confronting arch rival New Orleans, and try to steal the NFC West.

New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan could use Williams in a variety of ways in an attempt to create pressure on the pocket.

Williams is going to command a ton of money, but Blank, obsessed with winning a Super Bowl, has never been shy about pursuing high profile veteran players.

Witness the free agency signings of tailback Michael Turner (six years, $34.5 million in 2008), cornerback Dunta Robinson (six years, $57 million in 2010) and defensive end Ray Edwards (five years, $30 million in 2011). Robinson and Edwards so far have provided pretty disappointing returns on the investments, but that probably won't be enough to dissuade Blank from chasing Williams, if his personnel people target him.

Plus, the Falcons are leery about laying out too much to retain end John Abraham, their lone legitimate pass rusher, but also 34 years old.

The Falcons may not land Williams, who is said to be somewhat enamored of the Falcons' possibility, but it's a pretty good bet they'll be interested.

Said one team official whose team is also expected to pursue Williams: "(Blank) is a **** of a closer. And he isn't afraid to spend."

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Falcons hovering, hope to land Mario Williams

By Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

The Falcons may not land Williams, who is said to be somewhat enamored of the Falcons' possibility, but it's a pretty good bet they'll be interested.

Said one team official whose team is also expected to pursue Williams: "(Blank) is a **** of a closer. And he isn't afraid to spend."

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Guest Gritz

Whats with all the smartazz comments about the author making a mistake about the NFC West? You all havn't ever made a mistake in your profession?

Nope. I haven't.

I'm the East coast Jesus of illustrators.

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As much I WOULD have liked this article, I just can't take it seriously anymore after he got the division wrong. Do some research or better yet, some proofreading.

It's a guy who used to cover the Falcons when the Saints and Falcons were both part of the NFC West. This isn't a case of a guy who needs to do research. He knows this kind of stuff (divisions) frontwards and backwards, just got confused. An editor would have helped, though.

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I did not know you were mexican!!!!!

I didn't either. Maybe I need to have a long talk with my mom.

I guess if I'm Jesus or "Hay-Zeus" I need to have a long talk with my mom.

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Guest TheIdowu

One thing we know about Blank. If he wants a player, he gets that player

. . . .by any means necessary! Blank is a BOSS!

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Whats with all the smartazz comments about the author making a mistake about the NFC West? You all havn't ever made a mistake in your profession?

I can name ever team in every division and I work in retail, it's kind of inexcusable for a professional writer to make that mistake.

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