Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Update on Atlanta's RT options
By Tim Kavanagh
With training camp still about a month away, there's plenty of time to consider areas of deficiency for NFL teams, and when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, one of those areas may be at RT.
After releasing veteran Tyson Clabo in a move to generate some cap space, the Falcons are pushing forward with Lamar Holmes and Mike Johnson vying to take over as the starter in Clabo's old spot. However, Jeff Schulz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders if perhaps the team should go after Eric Winston, who could offer stability in that role:
"The release of Tyson Clabo reaffirmed the team's desire to cut salary up and go younger and cheaper. It remains to be seen how much cap room will be left after the Ryan deal and other moves in training camp but the presumption is Winston's price has come way down since being released by Kansas City. He has not missed a start in the last six seasons with Houston and K.C. If there is one thing that should make you feel uncomfortable, it's an open competition for a starting job on the offensive line in training camp."
The top task on GM Thomas Dimitroff's desk right now is a contract extension for franchise QB Matt Ryan. Thereafter, they'll begin to reconsider signing some of the intriguing FAs on the market (such as Winston, Richard Seymour, etc.). But it certainly doesn't seem completely outlandish to think that Winston could be added to give the club another option at RT.