Falcons bring back veteran guard Chris Chester

Going into the start of the offseason program, the Atlanta Falcons still had some uncertainty at the right guard position.

Maybe that doubt was answered with a move made Wednesday afternoon.

The Falcons re-signed veteran right guard Chris Chester, who started at 16 games at the position last season. Chester, 33, played on a one-year contract last season and then faced an uncertain future while underdoing right shoulder surgery.

ESPN Insider Adam Caplan reported it's a one-year deal for Chester worth a maximum of $2.8 million. The veteran guard is expected to be fully recovered by June.

Chester generated interest from three other teams on free-agent market. In Atlanta, he'll move back into a comfortable zone-blocking scheme he first became familiar with playing under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan when Shanahan held the same position with the Washington Redskins.

The question now is, does Chester solve all concerns about the right guard spot? The Falcons entered the offseason intent on getting bigger and better on the interior of the offensive line. Signing three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack certainly was a step in the right direction. And it's fair to believe Mack's presence will help both Chester and left guard Andy Levitre look that much better.

But both Chester and Levitre have to step up their games in order for the line to have success.

Mike Person could complete at right guard, and the re-signing of Chester is unlikely to keep the Falcons from drafting a guard with one of their five picks. They've taken a close look at players such as Washington State's Joe Dahl, Michigan's Graham Glasgow, North Carolina State's Joe Thuney and Michigan State's Jack Allen, just to name a few. The Falcons also have had an eye on Stanford's Joshua Garnett, a projected first-round pick.

Head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff are likely to address the guard situation when they meet the media for a pre-draft news conference Thursday at 4 p.m.