ESPN’s Vaughn McClure has mentioned a couple of players that might interest the Falcons in free agency.
David Harris has spent the last eight seasons with the New York Jets. He has not missed a start in the last six seasons and has 30.5 sacks in his career. Last season Harris had 5.5 sacks and 71 tackles. Harris would play middle linebacker in Dan Quinn’s scheme. Quinn coached with the Jets in 2007 and 2008, Harris’ first two seasons in the NFL. Harris is known as a consistent player and could be a veteran the Falcons sorely need on defense. Chicago has also been linked with Harris, and you have to wonder if Harris’ old coach Rex Ryan would want him in Buffalo.
Mason Foster was drafted by Raheem Morris, one of Quinn’s new assistant coaches, when he was the head coach in Tampa Bay. Foster has started 54 of 57 games at inside linebacker in his four NFL seasons. He will turn 26 next week and is 6-1, 241 pounds. Foster did not have a sack in his 10 games last season and has only six in his career. He is known as a solid run defender. Lovie Smith is not expected to bring Foster back in Tampa Bay.
And Justin Forsett could be a target for the Falcons. The Baltimore running back played in Seattle when Quinn was on the Seahawks’ coaching staff. Forsett had 1,266 rushing yards and led the NFL in yards per carry (5.4) and runs over 20 yards (17) last season. Forsett, who is only 5-8 and weighs 197 pounds, got significant playing time last season for the first time in his NFL career when Ray Rice was suspended. Even though Forsett turns 30 this October, he has been a backup for most of his career so he does not have the mileage many running backs his age have.
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