Falcons free agent targets: 5 inside offensive linemen

By on March 5, 2022 0

Once again, the Falcons enter the offseason needing help along the offensive line. Without any uppercase spaces, however, the the front office has work to do before the team could make any free agent additions.

After breaking down different options to strategist, return, wide receiver, tight end, and offensive tacklehere are five interior offensive linemen for the Falcons to consider in free agency.

Center – Ben Jones

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The 33-year-old center is expected to hit the open market in March, and his blocking versatility would provide a much-needed boost to this Falcons offense. While the holder, Matt Hennessy, did very well in the running game, he struggled to protect passes. Jones offers more upside in both areas and has the experience to mold other young offensive linemen. Finally, Jones knows the system of Falcons head coach Arthur Smith.

Center – Ryan Jensen

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Ryan Jensen wouldn’t be as important as someone like Jones, but the Bucs lineman would help Atlanta in the passing game. While the Falcons are arguably better with Jensen, the gap between him and Hennessy isn’t that far. Given that Hennessy continues to grow as a player and cap space is limited, it might make more sense to ride with him for another year and see if there is any improvement.

LG – Laken Tomlinson

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Much like at center, the Falcons were extremely inexperienced at left guard in 2021. Tomlinson, a former first-round pick, has improved in the ground game over the past two seasons and is a better pass blocker than starter Jalen Mayfield. The rookie lineman struggled to protect Matt Ryan, but he had some positives in the running game. While guards aren’t generally expected to be good pass protectors, being incompetent there can hurt the success of the attack.

LG – Andrew Norwell

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Another option at left guard would be Jacksonville’s Andrew Norwell. However, what he offers is the complete reverse of what Mayfield offers. While Norwell’s pass protection is miles ahead of Mayfield’s, his run blocking needs further honing. Given the pressure from Matt Ryan in 2021, the team needs to find ways to improve their pass protection. Norwell would be a good start.

Center – Matt Paradis

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Returning to the center position, Panthers lineman Matt Paradis is another option for Atlanta. Paradis, 32, has had a checkered career so far. His time in Denver went very well, but he struggled in Carolina. However, the Panthers offense hasn’t exactly been a juggernaut since 2020. Paradis is considerably more experienced than Hennessy, and he could still have some good football in him.

Rest of Offensive Interior Lineman’s Free Agents

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  • C – Austin Blythe – UFA

  • C – BJ Finney – UFA

  • C – Billy Price – UFA

  • C – Bradley Bozeman – UFA

  • C – Brett Jones – UFA

  • C – Brian Allen – UFA

  • C – Greg Mancz – UFA

  • C – Jake Brendel – UFA

  • C – Josh Andrews – UFA

  • C – Justin Britt – UFA

  • C – Mason Cole – UFA

  • C – Nick Martin – UFA

  • C – Ted Karras – UFA

  • C – Tyler Larsen – UFA

  • C – Donell Stanley – SFA

  • C – Spencer pulley – SFA

  • C – Evan Brown – FRG

  • C – Kyle Fuller – FRG

  • C – JC Hassenauer – ERFA

  • C – Jake Hanson – ERFA

  • C – Jimmy Morrissey – ERFA

  • C – Jon Toth – ERFA

  • C – Keith Ishmael – ERFA

  • C – Ryan McCollum – ERFA

  • C – Sam Mustipher – ERFA

  • C – Trystan Colon-Castillo – ERFA

  • LG – Aaron Stinnie – UFA

  • LG – Andrew Wylie – UFA

  • LG – Chris Reed – UFA

  • LG – Connor Williams – UFA

  • LG – Dakota Dozier – UFA

  • LG – Dan Feeney – UFA

  • LG – Ethan Pocic – UFA

  • LG – James Carpenter – UFA

  • LG – Jordan Simmons – UFA

  • LG – Lane Taylor – UFA

  • LG – Lucas Patrick – UFA

  • LG – Matt Skura – UFA

  • LG – Max Garcia – UFA

  • LG – Michael Schofield – UFA

  • LG – Quinton Spain – UFA

  • LG – Richie Incognito – UFA

  • LG – Scott Quessenberry – UFA

  • LG – Jeremiah Poutasi – SFA

  • LG – Alex Bars – FRG

  • LG – Austin Schlottmann – FRG

  • LG – Coleman Shelton – FRG

  • LG – Jamil Demby – FRG

  • LG – Phil Haynes – FRG

  • LG – Michael Dunn – ERFA

  • LG – Tommy Kraemer – ERFA

  • RG – AJ Cann – UFA

  • RG – Alex Cappa – UFA

  • RG – Austin Corbett – UFA

  • RG – Brandon Scherff – UFA

  • RG – Caleb Benenoch – UFA

  • RG – Cole Toner – UFA

  • RG – Conor McDermott – UFA

  • RG – Ike Boettger – UFA

  • RG – James Daniels – UFA

  • RG – Jamil Douglas – UFA

  • RG – Jermaine Eluemunor – UFA

  • RG – John Miller – UFA

  • RG – Kyle Long – UFA

  • RG – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – UFA

  • RG – Mark Glowinski – UFA

  • RG – Matt Pryor – UFA

  • RG – Oday Aboushi – UFA

  • RG – Senio Kelemete – UFA

  • RG – Tom Compton – UFA

  • GR – Trai Turner – UFA

  • RG – Will Hernandez – UFA

  • RG – Alex Redmond – SFA

  • GR – Durval Queiroz – SFA

  • RG – Najee Toran – SFA

  • RG – Xavier Su’a-Filo – SFA

  • RG – Daniel Brunskill – FRG

  • RG – Fred Johnson – FRG

  • RG – Nate Herbig – FRG

  • RG – Colby Gossett – ERFA

  • GR – Dakoda Shepley – ERFA

  • RG – Kyle Murphy – ERFA

  • RG – Lachavious Simmons – ERFA

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