The Atlanta Falcons have stayed aggressive early in free agency and have continued to look for bargains opting not to go after top free agents with one exception…
Signing receiver/return specialist Andre Roberts has become the latest move for the Atlanta Falcons. Roberts will presumably take over for Eric Weems who is now a Titan. Roberts signed a $1.8-million dollar one year contract.
Roberts will likely have a bigger impact on special teams and be a non-factor on offense much the same as he was with the Detroit Lions last season. Roberts is a special teams first player who offers a higher upside as a returner than Eric Weems but lacks the explosiveness that would make him one of the better kick returners in the game.
Signing Kehmal Ishmael was a good move that will bring the safety back to Atlanta as a depth option in case of injury. His ability to start at either safety position or at linebacker in a pinch will give the Falcons’ roster some flexibility and a talented defensive player who is already familiar with the new system that they have employed.
Dontari Poe has remained on the Falcons’ radar as well visiting with the Falcons earlier this week before leaving without a contract and heading to Miami on his tour of teams that continues with no indication as to where Poe will land. Poe would be a perfect fit for the Falcons and fill a much needed hole on the roster.
The problem for the Falcons is how much Poe would cost considering he is one of the best at his position and with the limited options at his position could be over priced this season. Poe would fill a much needed hole defensively on a run defense that struggled often last season.
If the Falcons can find a way to free enough cap space to bring Poe to Atlanta it could turn out to be one of the better moves of the off-season.