The Falcons made a big splash with the signing of center Alex Mack before signing a few others and bringing in others for visits. One player who signed is Mohamed Sanu. That signing drew criticism that the Falcons paid Sanu more than they had to.
In a column this week, Michael Cunningham advocated building through the draft, not by spending big money in free agency.
“They need a big talent infusion, and the most cost-effective way to do that is through the long-term process of drafting and retaining good players. Being increasingly lousy at that is the principle reason why the Falcons’ 36-12 record from 2010-12 deteriorated to 18-30 over the past three seasons.”
• What impact Cunningham thinks those players will have on the roster.
• Why drafted players are important in the NFL.
• How the NFL’s successful franchises build rosters.
In other Falcons news:
Sean Weatherspoon back where he started.
Falcons, O’Brien Schofield at contract impasse.
Vic Beasley declares shoulder healed.
Mohamed Sanu said he’s “not trying to fill anybody’s shoes.”
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