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Should the Falcons Keep Harry Douglas?

Harry Douglas is one of the many free agents Atlanta has to make a decision on this offseason. He posted career highs in his 2011 campaign, but those numbers weren’t all that impressive due to his lack of involvement in Mike Mularkey’s offense.

With Dirk Koetter now sitting where Mularkey once was, the Falcons can expect to see some major changes in their offensive scheme. Koetter has always been praised for his vertical passing attack, and Douglas could find some added value in 2012. The question is, should the Falcons re-sign HD?

The offseason began with rumors of Douglas following Mularkey to Jacksonville. While that still could be a possibility, nothing has come of that speculation recently. The latest buzz surrounding him includes the Arizona Cardinals. Mike Jurecki called Douglas an underrated free agent on Twitter, sparking several sources to consider his value to the Cardinals.

Whether the hype is real or not, Douglas could find a new franchise with ease if he chose to. He isn’t the most coveted free agent at this point, but he will draw some attention if Atlanta chooses to part ways.

HD has spent four years in the NFL, one of which he spent on the sidelines with a knee injury. In 2011 we finally saw him start to look like his old self again, running solid routes and making big plays when he needed to. He destroyed the Saints’ secondary in that overtime thriller here in Atlanta.

There isn’t a set number on what his asking price will be, but some have set the bar right around $3 million a year. If that’s the case, does Atlanta really need to keep him around?

Douglas is a decent No 3 receiver, a hard working guy and a player who gives back to the community. He fits the type of personality Mike Smith wants on this team, but should they really keep him around? There are plenty of wide receivers to choose from in the NFL Draft and free agency this offseason, so the Falcons probably wouldn’t have a tough time replacing him for a lesser price.

The Falcons can’t just settle in with players they’re used to, though, so maybe it’s time for something new. What’s your take? Is Douglas expendable, or should we keep him around going forward?


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