Going after former Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Marlon Brown could be a potentially great bargain signing for the Atlanta Falcons, as the 24-year-old, three-year NFL veteran enters free agency for the first time.
Brown, though often-injured, has shown in his time in the league that he can stretch the field vertically and make plays down field in the passing game. Quarterback Matt Ryan is a bit reluctant to stretch the field in Atlanta, as he doesn’t have the elite arm strength that Joe Flacco has in Baltimore, Brown’s former employer.
While Marlon Brown didn’t have the same type of success the last two years as he did his rookie season, keep in mind that he played for three different offensive coordinators in his three years in Baltimore. Brown thrived under Jim Caldwell in 2013 with 49 catches for 524 yards and seven touchdowns. He didn’t do as well under the ultra-conservative Gary Kubiak in 2014 or the eccentric Marc Trestmann in 2015.
Marlon Brown wouldn’t stand as anything more than a No. 3 wide receiver option for the Atlanta Falcons, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff could sign the 24-year-old to an under-the-radar type of deal. While Dimtroff loves to make the big splash in free agency, a move like this may end up being more like what we should expect to see from the Atlanta Falcons this offseason.
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