Dimitroff hints that more second-tier free agents will be targeted

Will the Falcons pursue a big free agent this offseason? Maybe not.

We may want to hold off on believing the Falcons are going to be active in pursuing a top free agent this offseason.

Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta’s embattled general manager, said Thursday he does not expect the Falcons to go for big-name free agents.

“Free agency moves, I think we’ve become more and more dialed in, especially with Dan (Quinn) to know what type of players that we are looking for (that fit) our scheme,” Dimitroff said. “It doesn’t just mean that you have to go after high-ticket free agents. You can hit on some of the mid-line money guys and they are going to have really important role on our team. We feel like we are going to continue to do that.”

Last year the Falcons signed Brooks Reed and Justin Durant, two mid-level free agents that had little impact on defense. Dimitroff has struck out on several big-name free agents, particularly cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end Ray Edwards.

Rumors have floated that Bruce Irvin, an Atlanta native and a defensive pass rush specialist who played for Falcons’ coach Dan Quinn with the Seahawks, would be a target. The Falcons desperately need a player to put pressure on the quarterback.

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