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Safety Dwight Lowery letting free agency play itself out

Dwight Lowery wants to continue his NFL career. At the same time, he understands it might not be as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

The free-agent safety remains at home in California awaiting word on his next destination. Although the Falcons have needs at free safety and Lowery started there last season, the team doesn't appear to be in a rush to re-sign him.

``There really hasn't been much interest,'' Lowery said of the Falcons. ``I've kind of sensed that. I knew that when they brought the new coaches that some things were going to change. And I'm older. I guess I'm kind of considered old [29].

``I don't think the position that I'm in has anything to do with my ability to play. It just has to do with what they have going on there right now.''

Indeed, new Falcons coah Dan Quinn brings with him a different defensive approach from his time as Seattle's defensive coordinator. Quinn likes taller safeties with speed and range. Such doesn't exactly define the 5-foot-11-inch, 212-pound Lowery.

"I've experienced this before because [former Seahawks defensive coordinator] Gus Bradley came over when I was in Jacksonville," Lowery explained. "The Seattle system, they like taller, longer players that can run and are physical. ... I'm not the tallest guy. I'm definitely not a blazer as far as 40 times go. But I play football. I know what I'm doing, and I understand what I'm doing. There are places for players like that, too."

Lowery started 15 of 16 games for the Falcons last season and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 79. He also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack.

Quinn is familiar with Lowery from his days as an assistant with the New York Jets, where Lowery began his career back in 2008. Quinn expressed an appreciation for Lowery's versatility and ability to play all defensive back spots.

Lowery has not talked to Quinn.

"He knew me from [New York], but things have changed drastically from that time," Lowery said.

Lowery actually hasn't heard from any teams yet and has no visits lined up. He is letting his agent, Frank Bauer, handle all those matters.

``I haven't really established relationships with anybody,'' Lowery said of not having strong ties to certain coaches. ``I mean, I might be on a team for a year and then the staff is gone. It's happened to me three or four times now. So it's kind of hard to establish relationships with people for them to understand what you bring to the table as a player.

"I feel like I'm the type of guy who is always ready. Atlanta probably picked me up last year thinking I'd be a good guy to provide solid depth. They drafted Dez [Southward] and probably wanted me there to help bring him along. I think people were surprised by my level of play and how I played. But I prepare for that. I don't ever want a team to pick me up and think ... I want to give them much more than what they expected.''

The Falcons entered free agency with the plan of securing a free safety. Such never came to fruition as one top target, Ron Parker, decided to re-sign with Kansas City. He was likely out of the price range anyhow.

With the free-agent market getting scarce, the Falcons might have to turn their focus to the draft for a starting free safety. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant general manager Scott Pioli met with Virginia's Anthony Harris on Monday. The 6-foot-1-inch, 183-pound Harris, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He led the NCAA with eight interceptions during the 2013 season.

If the Falcons don't find their safety via the draft, Lowery was asked if he would be OK being a late addition to the roster, if he's not picked up prior to the draft.

``I try not to deal in hypotheticals,'' Lowery said. ``When you started doing that, you start focusing on things that you really can't control. The only thing I can control is my preparation.

``If it came down to it and it's a good fit, I'm sure I would. Who knows what's going to happen tomorrow or five minutes from now? I want to help a team win. When I was younger, I probably didn't have a good understanding of that. One of the reasons why I feel like I'm still wanting to play this game is that I feel like when I was younger, I was so ambitious and thinking too much about myself and not the team. I truly want help a team win a Super Bowl.''