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Falcons need major help in the trenches

Steve Wyche NFL.com

The Atlanta Falcons don't have a ton of cap room to play with, so it might not be fair to come down hard on them. They re-signed key rotational players in WR Harry Douglas, DE Kroy Biermann and backup QB Chris Redman. Still, with no first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, I would think they'd be more active in trying to shore up the offensive and defensive lines, which are huge positions of concern -- especially since the team's lone pass rusher, John Abraham, is on the free-agent market.

Abraham could end up back in Atlanta if the open market doesn't offer the money that he wants. Then again, Abraham could be a nice addition to a team like Seattle, Jacksonville or NFC South rivals New Orleans and Carolina. There aren't many other pass rushers available, so the Falcons need to find someone to threaten the quarterback.

The offensive line also is a huge concern. I spoke to a Falcons player who said the OL was the root to the team's woes, especially in short yardage, and the remnants of what remains look even worse. Atlanta has to upgrade at left tackle and right guard, and figure out what to do at center with Todd McClure a free agent. There are a lot of solid centers available in free agency and the Falcons need to nab one to keep Matt Ryan protected.


That Steve Wyche is a troll alarmist.

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