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Falcons Want to Try and Boost the Defensive Line

One of the Falcons’ top priorities is to provide star defensive end John Abraham some help on the defensive line.

The Falcons surprised many observers when they did not enter the bidding for superstar Mario Williams, opting for continuity over making a big splash.

There was speculation that the Falcons would let veteran defensive end John Abraham leave when he revealed before the start of free agency that he wanted a deal worth $12 million per season. Abraham didn’t get that kind of money on the open market and he’s back with the Falcons on a three-year contract that averages $5.5 million.

The Falcons believe the 34-year-old is still the key to their pass rush. He had 9.5 sacks last season and 13 in 2010.

The team plans to provide him help both externally and internally. The Falcons don’t have a first round pick this year but will undoubtedly look for a pass rusher sometime in the draft.

They also hope to get more help for Abraham on their current roster. Defensive end Ray Edwards, Atlanta’s big free-agent signing last year, had just 3.5 sacks last season.

The Falcons are expecting more out of Edwards, as well as rotation players Kroy Biermann and Lawrence Sidbury. They also want more production out of the middle of their defensive line. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux had just one sack after producing a combined 10 sacks in 2009 and 2010.

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