The Atlanta Falcons continue to lock in their key potential free agents, reportedly agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with center/guard Joe Hawley.
#Falcons agreed to terms with C Joe Hawley on a two-year deal.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 11, 2014
Hawley is a veteran interior lineman who Atlanta can use in numerous ways on their offensive line. Last season he came in to replace second-year player Peter Konz, who was having problems at both center and right guard. Hawley looked much more comfortable playing center than did Konz, who struggled mightily. Credit to former Falcons’ All-Pro center Todd McClure for mentoring Hawley for three seasons.
Terms of the deal haven’t yet been disclosed, but with a premium on offensive linemen throughout the league, it’s a sure thing that Hawley will be getting a decent pay bump. The NFL free agency system pays off again.
Hawley is 6’3″ and weighs 302 pounds, and could potentially end up being the Falcons starting center depending on what free agent acquisitions Atlanta makes, and how Peter Konz looks once training camp begins.