Falcons beef up offensive line

The Atlanta Falcons began the process of overhauling their offensive line even before the start of free agency.

The team announced Friday night that it has signed guard Vince Manuwai. He becomes an instant candidate to start. The Falcons have Justin Blalock at one guard spot, but there was uncertainty on the right side last year as the Falcons experimented with Garrett Reynolds and Joe Hawley, but neither exceled.

Manuwai could have a big edge over Reynolds and Hawley because he has a history with new Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Manuwai was drafted by Jacksonville in 2003 and started 105 of 111 games between his rookie season and the end of the 2010 season. Manuwai was cut by the Jaguars last summer and spent the year away from football.