The Atlanta Falcons knew they had to get tougher, beginning with both the offensive and defensive lines.
And with free agency officially underway, getting tougher is exactly what the Falcons did.
They agreed to terms with right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson, both former members of the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s safe to say assistant general manager (and former general manager of the Chiefs) Scott Pioli had some say in the two signings.
Atlanta also agreed to terms with nose tackle Paul Soliai.
Asamoah will be an immediate starter and a significant upgrade at the right guard position. He’s a polished pass blocker and will provide Matt Ryan with much-needed protection.
The signings of Jackson and Soliai show the Falcons are moving toward a 3-4 look – defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s specialty.
It’s early, but it looks like the Falcons are headed back in the right direction.