Chester, 32, was released by Washington. He started all 64 games at right guard in four seasons with the Redskins. More importantly from the Falcons' standpoint, Chester played under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan when Shanahan held the same title in Washington, so he's used to the outside-zone blocking scheme Shanahan will implement here in Atlanta.
As ESPN.com Redskins reporter John Keim pointed out, the 303-pound Chester was viewed as little undersized for the current Washington scheme. As long as he's still good on his feet, Chester should have little trouble adjusting if he makes a return to Shanahan's offense.
The Falcons need a quality starter at left guard, with unproven newcomer Mike Person running with the first team. Jon Asamoah, one of the team's big free-agent acquisition from a year ago, remains as the starting right guard, but getting out and running in a zone scheme isn't exactly a strength for the 305-pound Asamaoh. Still, it's hard to imagine the Falcons cutting ties with Asamoah after giving him $8 million guaranteed with a five-year, $22.5 million contract -- unless Asamoah proves to be a constant liability in this scheme. Being a veteran, he should figure out a way to adjust even if his footwork isn't the greatest. His pass protection is an asset for quarterback Matt Ryan.
It will be interesting to see what happens if Chester joins the mix. The thought still exists that first-team center James Stone will be a candidate for left guard once center Joe Hawley fully recovers from an ACL injury.
Would Chester step in at right guard or be the guy at left guard? Again, that might depend on how Shanahan views Asamoah's role. The best guess is the team would want to ride with the two vets, although no one should count out Stone based on last season's surprising showing.
Since Chester also is scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles, his status is destined to come down to money. He was to make $4 million with the Redskins this season in the final year of his deal, so Chester probably won't want much drop-off from that price. According to NFLPA records, the Falcons are $16,586,123 under the cap and the Eagles are $9,270,231 under.