Michael Bennett’s ‘leadership’ could benefit Falcons young defense

Credit: Otto Greule Jr

Credit: Otto Greule Jr

NFL Network analyst and nine-time Pro Bowl defensive end DeMracus Ware believes Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett joining the Atlanta Falcons “makes a lot of sense.”

“When you can bring leadership to a young team when they already have Dan Quinn there, and he’s already gotten them to the NFC Championship twice, now I just think if you can get a guy that is versatile, can play defensive end, play tackle -- you have Vic Beasley, you have Grady Jarrett, they also have Takk McKinley -- so you have all those guys that can play, bring them together and they will have that pressure defense they want,” Ware said.

The Falcons defense ranked in the top-10 in yards allowed per game and points allowed per game, but Ware thinks the 32-year-old, Super Bowl champ could add the veteran leadership the Falcons need to become elite.

Beasley, 25, is the experienced veteran of the defensive line, with the team not bringing back Derrick Shelby and likely not resigning Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn. Jarrett, 24, had one of his best years, while McKinley, 22, is still raw.

The Seahawks said last week they were open to moving Bennett. Quinn coached Bennett while he was an assistant with the Seahawks.