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Falcons not out of running for Chris Long

Although defensive end Chris Long left Atlanta without signing a contract, the former second-overall pick of the Rams in 2008 has not eliminated the Falcons from consideration.

Long, who turns 31 at the end of the month, very much enjoyed his visit with the Falcons, according to a source close to him. But Long won't make a decision on a new team until next week, the source said.

Long previously visited the Redskins and has other visits lined up.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn acknowledged the mutual interest but confirmed no contract terms had been reached.

"The visit went well, I thought," Quinn said. "In terms of the connection with Chris, it was an instant one. I've always had respect for his game, the toughness, the attitude. When I watched the film from last year, seeing him use his hands, those were the things that I said, `OK, how would we add to our team and how could we feature him the best ways?' We always thought he could play some D-end and slide in to play some nickel tackle.

"He left last night to go back home. His wife just had a baby boy a few days back, so he was in and out quickly. As far as the contract talks, they've been in contact with his agent. But nothing has been agreed upon at this point. When he left here, he was talking about possibly taking a couple of other trips. So that's where we're at with that. No update in terms of a contract status just yet. But I thought it went well."

Long has 54.5 career sacks but just three last season in 12 games.

The Falcons need to bolster their pass rush after finishing with a league-low 19 sacks last season.

Also, Quinn confirmed the Falcons have talked to free-agent inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, last with the Colts. Freeman reportedly visited the Bears, so it's unclear where he stands with the Falcons.

The Falcons also continue to look at safeties after releasing veteran strong safety William Moore.