Falcons in the free agent market for defensive linemen
Terry Fontenot is not sitting on his hands even though the team is a handful of practices in training camp. Although he couldn’t bring a former Falcon back to Atlanta, Fontenot did due diligence towards Corey Peters, who recently resigned with the Cardinals, as Benjamin Allbright noted he had a significant market including Atlanta and Buffalo.
Peters is a former Falcons third-round pick and just finished a season with the Cardinals where he missed the last seven games after treating his patellar tendon. The 32-year-old has been a valued member of the Cardinals’ organization for the past six seasons. As a reliable veteran in the locker room, it should come as no surprise that Fontenot is interested in bringing Peters back to Atlanta.
What is surprising is that Fontenot believes that the interior defensive line needs to be strengthened. In fact, I think the position is one of the strongest on the defensive end of the ball. Grady Jarrett is an elite player; Marlon Davidson has had an uptrend and has impressed so far in the camp; John Cominsky, Steven Means, Jonathan Bullard and Tyeler Davison are just “guys” but they can be counted on to deliver what Peters could provide in terms of production.
I’m sure Fontenot’s answer to that question would be that he’s always looking to improve every position, whether it’s a strength or a weakness on the list. I think this is probably a good way to build a winning culture, but I also wonder if it is the most auspicious way do this.