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Falcons: Under the radar defensive tackle free agents

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Posted on February 12, 2019

The defensive tackle position is loaded this year in free agency, which is fantastic news for the Falcons who won’t have to look very hard to find a player who can patch up their hole on the interior defensive line. Previously, I outlined some of the headline names at the position that are set to get paid this offseason. Here are the players that could be flying under the radar a bit.

DAVID IRVING

Irving burst onto the scene in 2016 for the Cowboys, starting in only two games but recorded four sacks and four forced fumbles. He proved it was more than just a flash in the pan the next year by coming up with seven sacks in only eight games because of a suspension and a concussion. Unfortunately for him, injury limited Irving to two games last season, but that could be a good thing for a team looking to land him in free agency. His price tag won’t be nearly as high as it could have been. Still 26 years old, and a freak of nature physically (6’7″, 290 pounds), Irving could be an ideal fit on the defensive line next to Grady Jarrett.

HENRY ANDERSON

Anderson showed something this season he has not been known for – a pass rush. The four-year veteran had seven sacks in a rotational role for the New York Jets. In the three years before that with the Colts, Anderson had just three sacks combined. But this past season was the first time he played all sixteen games. His previous career-high was eleven. Wherever he goes, he will provide quality defense against the run. Anything he adds as a pass-rusher is icing on the cake.

BRENT URBAN

Urban is another physical freak, standing at 6’7″, 300 pounds. He doesn’t bring much as a pass rusher like Irving does but is extremely stout against the run. He started in all sixteen games for the Ravens last year but has had significant injury issues over his five-year career.

MARGUS HUNT

Hunt didn’t play in the NFL until he was 26. He didn’t start a game until two seasons ago as a thirty-year-old. Finally, he became a full-time starter last year as a member of the Colts, showcasing his elite run-stopping skills along with an unexpected pass rush at times, leading to five sacks. His age will probably prevent teams from investing much in him, which makes him an intriguing option for the Falcons.

BRANDON MEBANE

At 6’1″, 311 pounds, Mebane has been elite against the run and started in 163 games over his twelve-year career. He’s going to be 34 this year, so he’s not a long-term option, and there will be regression in the near future, but he hasn’t shown much of that yet. His experience with Dan Quinn in Seattle is also a plus, making him a legit option to come to Atlanta on a short-term deal.

ALLEN BAILEY

Bailey is an eight-year veteran for the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s a versatile player that can play on the inside or outside, a pretty good plugger against the run, and sprinkles in a pass rush here and there. He had six sacks and ten QB hits last year, but those were both career-highs for him and shouldn’t be what teams expect during his next contract.

BENNIE LOGAN

Logan has been an excellent run-stuffer and full-time starter his entire career. That is, until last year with the Tennessee Titans where he had trouble seeing the field. Logan didn’t start a single game and only recorded fourteen combined tackles. It’s not known why things didn’t work out in Tennesee, but perhaps he could have a bounce-back season elsewhere in 2019.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Bailey and Logan would help the run D. Logan is 320 and Bailey would play LDE ans DT here.

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I wouldn't be surprised if we sign someone like Logan or Hankins to play alongside Grady, draft a DE/LB in the 1st and use a 2nd/3rd on Simmons and stash him.  Using our FA money on the OL.  Not saying its going to happen but I could see it (I don't see us resigning Campbell after this year).  

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4 minutes ago, KCFalcon22 said:

I wouldn't be surprised if we sign someone like Logan or Hankins to play alongside Grady, draft a DE/LB in the 1st and use a 2nd/3rd on Simmons and stash him.  Using our FA money on the OL.  Not saying its going to happen but I could see it (I don't see us resigning Campbell after this year).  

Sounds like a plan. It wouldn't shock me if we went 4th rd LB, knowing we may not resign Campbell next offseason

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13 minutes ago, lju713 said:

Bailey and Logan would help the run D. Logan is 320 and Bailey would play LDE ans DT here.

I know Tennessee fans that said Logan was completely useless last year. Don’t want him. 

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Henry Anderson and David Irving are interesting guys. Both could play that Shelby role in our base defense and rotational pieces in nickel.

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Seeing this pool of mid level free agents pairing that everyone has us going dline really has me thinking we may target greedy or trade up for the top offensive linemen in this draft. 

 

Seems to be to much talent available yo use draft capital. 

I've seen sine say we may not re-sign Campbell but i think we have to. I don't see us going to free agency and overpaying a guy or using a top pick on a LB 

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1 hour ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

I'll pass on all of em. We need a 1T not a 3T. I was on the Malcom Brown train for a while. I have now moved over to the Danny Shelton express.

Some of those guys play 1T ya dingus

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Irving is a freak and would already know the system in place.  He would be a great addition if healthy

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Depends on the price, would like all of these players at the right price. All of them  could be a nice part of the Dline rotation.  Figure the younger ones will get over paid, one or two of the older ones at a reasonable price would be good.

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21 hours ago, Malachore said:

David Irving is a freak but he's always either hurt or suspended.

Thats my concern with him.  Dont need any injury prone guys but talent wise he can be special if he puts it together and stays healthy. Maybe worth a flier at the right price.

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23 hours ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

I'll pass on all of em. We need a 1T not a 3T. I was on the Malcom Brown train for a while. I have now moved over to the Danny Shelton express.

I'm actually okay with this. High upside, low cost, worth the chance. 

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