Coach Dan Quinn came to Atlanta from Seattle, so let’s take a look at some of the free agents the Seahawks have and wonder if Quinn could bring them south with him.
OG - James Carpenter
A former first round pick in 2011, Carpenter has started 39 games in his career. Last season Carpenter started 13 games at left guard, and the Falcons are looking for a new left guard with Justin Blalock gone. The Jets have also been mentioned as a team interested in Carpenter.
DL – O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD
He will turn 28 in April. Schofield was a 4th round pick by the Arizona Cardinals from Wisconsin in 2010. Seattle claimed him off waivers in the summer of 2013. He became a free agent last offseason and agreed to a two-year contract with the Giants, but the deal was voided as he failed his physical. Schofield resigned with Seattle and had two sacks last season. He did not start a game, so he was the main reserve on the defensive line. Schofield has 13.5 sacks in his five years in the NFL.
LB – MALCOM SMITH
Oakland and Atlanta have been connected with Smith, who was the Super Bowl MVP when the Seahawks beat the Broncos. He had nagging injuries last season that limited him to only five starts. The 6-0, 225-pound linebacker made 16 starts in his four seasons in Seattle. It’s doubtful he will get a huge contract, so the Falcons may be able to convince him to sign for a reasonable contract.
CB – Byron Maxwell
Rumors have the Seahawks letting him go as numerous teams will be interested in Maxwell. The Eagles and Jaguars and been mentioned along with the Falcons as potential landing spots. Maxwell fired his agent on Tuesday, which is peculiar for a player needing to make a deal in free agency. The former Clemson Tiger was a sixth round draft pick in 2011. Maxwell played in 13 games last season as he emerged as a starter. He had a big interception of Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship game. Maxwell just turned 27. He’s a tall (6-1) and athletic defensive back. Would the Falcons want to pair Maxwell with Desmond Trufant?
S – Jeron Johnson
Johnson will turn 27 this June. He was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State and spent four seasons with Seattle as a reserve. This last season was Johnson’s most productive, with 19 tackles and one pass defended in his 15 games played. With the Falcons needing help at safety, Johnson could be a target.
Listen to “The Bill Shanks Show” from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 AM in Macon and online at http://www.foxsports1670.com/. Follow Bill at twitter.com/BillShanks and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could Atlanta target Seattle's free agents?
Falcon Insider Top Stories
Grading the Atlanta Falcons' Free AgencyJorge Andres and CBS Sports NFL writer Will Brinson are giving out Free Agency grades. How did the Atlanta Falcons do?
Falcon InsiderThursday at 5:04 AM
NFL Free Agency Update: Atlanta FalconsJon Beason thinks this Atlanta Falcon will be the happiest about the Dontari Poe signing
Atlanta Falcons Sign Dontari PoeThe Atlanta Falcons look to improve their defense and they're bringing in big Dontari Poe on a one-year deal.
Free agency update: Atlanta FalconsPete Prisco joins Jorge Andres to break down the latest on the Atlanta Falcons in the Free Agent Market.