Falcons Rumors: 3 Free Agents Atlanta Should Avoid This Offseason

The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of areas that need work…but fortunately for the fans, they have the financial flexibility to make it happen. They an abundance of cap space heading into free agency, and they're looking to bring in several impact players that can bring this team back to the playoffs. However, the wrong signing could send them in the opposite direction. Here are the players they need to avoid this offseason:

RB Ryan Mathews

Atlanta is in the market for a running back, and Mathews is one of the bigger names on the market. He has been productive in his young career, but had dealt with numerous injuries and was limited to just six games last season. The injuries will drive the price down for Mathews, but the tag will still be relatively high. The reward just doesn’t outweigh the risk for the Falcons for the amount of money they’d have to spend on him.

S Nate Allen

Upgrading the secondary is one of the Falcons’ biggest priorities this offseason, but in a weak free agency class at the position, Nate Allen is one of the better options. He should be entering the prime of his career at age 27 that will likely cause a team to overpay for his services even though he’s just not that good. Allen allowed a 106.2 passer rating, five touchdowns, and a terrible 17.5 yards per completion for the Eagles last season, making it clear that he’s not a consistent starting-caliber guy.

TE Jordan Cameron

Atlanta is looking to add a proven tight end after a year of failing to replace Tony Gonzalez, and Cameron will demand a high price tag even though he’s had his share of injury problems. He only had 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns this past season while dealing with injuries (and poor quarterback play), but he plays well enough when he’s healthy to demand a salary out of the Falcons’ price range.

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