Could the Falcons target Clint Boling?

Clint Boling could return to his home state to help the Falcons on the offensive line.

Clint Boling is a name to keep in mind as the Falcons look to improve the offensive line. The former Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman has played with the Bengals the last four seasons after being a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft.

Boling will turn 26 on May 9, so he would be younger than Justin Blalock, the 31-year-old veteran guard released last week. Boling is 6-5, 310 pounds, and he attended Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Boling has played in 49 games in his four seasons with 47 starts. He played complete, 16-game seasons in 2014 and 2012. Boling missed four games in the 2013 season as he tore his ACL.

The Patriots have been linked with Boling, as they try to upgrade an offensive line. The Jets are also a team needing help at guard after the release of Willie Colon. The Eagles, Redskins, Giants, Broncos and Colts are also possibilities. The Bengals have shown interest in bringing Boling back with a new deal.

Boling might be less expensive than Mike Iupati, considered the best option on the free agent market for teams looking for guards. The free agent market is not great for offensive linemen, so Boling will find a lot of teams competing for his services.

Pro Football Focus listed Boling as the 29th best free agent on the market in their Top 75 available free agents. Analysts have actually predicted that Boling might get a contract similar to the one the Falcons gave Jon Asamoah a year ago, meaning his projected cap hit could be in the neighborhood of $4 million.

Would Boling want to come home? The Falcons have a need at guard, and Boling is a hometown kid. He’s still young and was effective last season, so you have to wonder if the new front office believes Boling could work in the zone blocking scheme being implemented by new head coach Dan Quinn.

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