Despite ending up 10 yards short of the Super Bowl, the Falcons had a pretty long offseason to-do-list.
With the first week of free agency complete, some of the boxes can be checked off:
Get future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez to return. Check.
Re-sign Pro Bowl safety William Moore. Check.
Re-sign starting left tackle Sam Baker. Check.
Re-sign starting right guard Garrett Reynolds. Check.
Replace running back Michael Turner. Check.
Get a starting cornerback to replace Dunta Robinson. Open box.
Get a defensive end to replace John Abraham. Open box.
Get a beefy tackle to sit in the middle of the 3-4. Open box.
The Falcons know they have holes and have watched as the competition in the NFC has made some nice moves.
San Francisco added wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and Seattle has improved its offense and pass rush by acquiring wide receiver Percy Harvin and defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.
The Falcons countered by getting Gonzalez back and picking up former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.
Falcons made moves, but still have holes
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Mar 17