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Weakest link: Atlanta Falcons

Through the NFL draft and the early stages of free agency, most of the NFC South teams have done a nice job addressing their major needs.

But there is always room for improvement. With that in mind, I’m going to start a series in which I’ll take a look at the weakest link for each NFC South team. We’ll start with the Atlanta Falcons.

Defensive tackle wasn’t exactly a strength for the Falcons last year and they haven’t done anything to improve in this area. They have Corey Peters and Jonathan Babineaux as the starters and Peria Jerry would be the top backup in the rotation if things remain the way they are.

But I’m not sure the Falcons can afford to stick with the status quo. Babineaux isn’t getting any younger and Jerry isn’t anything special.

There is a lot of clamoring from Atlanta fans for the Falcons to go out and sign veteran Richard Seymour. There’s good logic behind that. Seymour would bring an instant upgrade to the middle of the defensive line.

There hasn’t been any hard evidence that the Falcons are interested in Seymour. But they might be playing the waiting game and seeing if his price drops.

The Falcons also are in a situation where they might have to wait until after June 1, when they free up $4.5 million in salary-cap room for the release of Tyson Clabo, to pursue Seymour or anyone else of consequence at defensive tackle.