Falcons Dontari Poe, Courtney Upshaw and Adrian Clayborn may not return next season . Here are five possible free agent replacements: David Irving, Dallas Cowboys (7 sacks in 8 games in 2017) Sheldon Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (19 sacks over five seasons) Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets (44 career sacks in 105 games) Justin Ellis, Oakland Raiders (Not a pass rusher, but a run stuffer) Dominique Easley, Los Angeles Rams (Missed last season with knee injury) DaQuan Jones, Tennessee Titans (320-pounder

Falcons biggest hole to fill in offseason is defensive tackle

The Atlanta Falcons are in a good place this offseason. Many of its impact players will be back next year and the team doesn't have but a few positions it needs to revamp. One of those positions according to ESPN.com is the defensive tackle

Dontari Poe, Courtney Upshaw and Adrian Clayborn will likely be wearing different jerseys next season. The Falcons are looking for a fourth player join Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley Jr. and Takk McKinley on the defensive line. 

“Having a young trio of Jarrett, Beasley and McKinley is a major plus for the Falcons, but they'll need to keep establishing depth along the defensive line if they want to go on another postseason run,” ESPN.com’s Charles McDonald wrote. “Atlanta ranked 28th in defensive success rate on short-yardage runs, which speaks to their need to get a bit more talented at the line of scrimmage.”

Atlanta decided not to trade for Pro Bowl defensive tackle Michael Bennett, but with other veterans on the free agency market, such as Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, the Falcons still have a chance to bring an experienced player to Atlanta. 

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