Would the Falcons look for another center?

The Texans released Chris Myers this week. Might the Falcons be interested?

Chris Myers has been part of a zone blocking scheme in Houston for some time. Might the free agent center be a perfect piece to the new style in Atlanta?

The Texans released the 33-year-old Myers Wednesday to save significant money on the salary cap. Houston’s executives were extremely complimentary of Myers contributions to the Texans on and off the field.

It won’t be a surprise if Denver goes after Myers, since he started his career with the Broncos and then followed Gary Kubiak to Houston. Kubiak is now the head coach of the Broncos.

Myers has started 128 consecutive games, the second-longest streak among offensive linemen. He’s played in 153 straight games, the longest streak among NFL offensive linemen.

The Falcons could look at Myers as a potential veteran for the offensive line. If they signed Myers, they could make center Joe Hawley move to guard, where there is an opening after the release last week of Justin Blalock. Hawley has seen significant time at guard for the Falcons over the last few years.

Atlanta has eight offensive linemen on its roster, but four are coming off missing significant time last season. Also, Jake Matthews had surgery right after the season.

Hawley started last season as the starting center but was injured and replaced by non-drafted free agent James Stone. It is believed Hawley and Stone will fight it out for the position this season, but with Blalock now gone, moving Hawley back to guard must be considered an option.

The free agent list for offensive linemen is not extremely impressive this offseason, but the addition of Myers does present an interesting option for the Falcons.


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