Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons to target signing Willie Colon

The Atlanta Falcons learned last year that they need to protect Matt Ryan, otherwise they have no chance of being any good. One way the team could look to improve is to upgrade their offensive line and that could include targeting New York Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon in free agency this offseason.

Vaughn McClure from states that the Falcons could show some interest in Colon based on the interest new offensive line coach Mike Tice showed in the lineman back when he was offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

Colon, who started all 16 games at right guard for theNew York Jets, almost was signed by Chicago in 2011 when new Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice held the same title with the Bears. And Tice lobbied hard to bring Colon in as a tackle, but Colon reportedly turned down an extra $3 million to remain in Pittsburgh.

The Falcons don’t typically go out and spend big on free agents, but they also don’t typically have 4-12 seasons with the type of talent they have on roster. Something needs to change to kick start the team in 2014 and that could begin with adding a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for Matt Ryan.

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