Star linebacker wants to sign with Falcons?

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If the Atlanta Falcons want to avoid another disastrous season and return to playoff contention, they must upgrade their defense this offseason. Fortunately, one of the top free-agent pass rushers available wants to sign with the Falcons this offseason.

According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, outside linebacker Dante Fowler wants to head to Atlanta to join Dan Quinn’s defense for the 2020 season. While the 25-year-old is expected to land a sizable contract, he would reportedly sign with the Falcons if their offer is competitive.

Coming off a disappointing season in 2018, Fowler signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams to rebuild his value. The former No. 3 overall pick delivered the best season of his career, racking up 16 quarterback hits, 11.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Fowler could be the perfect replacement for Vic Beasley, who the Falcons have already announced the will move on from this offseason. While Fowler might eat up Atlanta’s cap space, the chance to add him to this defense is perfect for a team looking to rebound in the 2020 season.