Falcons welcome former first-round pick Rashaan Evans to free agency

After losing Foye Oluokun in free agency to the Jaguars, the Falcons have a hole in the middle of their defense. With Deion Jones and Mykal Walker under contract for the 2022 season, Atlanta will not need an off-ball linebacker, but the latter is unproven at this point in his career. While the former has just declined in production since signing a lucrative extension years ago under the old regime.

It looks like Terry Fontenot won’t be relying solely on Walker and Jones, as Atlanta hosts former Titans first-rounder Rashaan Evans, according to Adam Schefter.

At 26, Evans didn’t have his fifth-year option chosen by Tennessee and will be testing the free agent market for the first time in his career. The former 22nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has a connection to the Falcons coaching staff. Arthur Smith was at Tennessee for most of Evans’ tenure, while Dean Pees served as his defensive coordinator on the Titans.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Alabama product recorded 2.5 sacks in 2019 but fell out of favor last year, starting just 11 games. However, he recorded two interceptions in the 12 games he played last season.

The Falcons could really use Evans, and Evans could use a change of scenery. The Titans signed Zach Cunningham to effectively replace Evans, and the former Titan could effectively replace Oluokun. He is a traditional inside linebacker, but can also take snaps on the EDGE. He’s a unique linebacker at 232 pounds because he’s playing much bigger than his listed weight. This could be a high value signing for Fontenot and the Falcons.

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