Some fans are freaking over the # of Falcons free agents,...worried we'll see what happened in 1999 after the Falcons 1st SB appearance. The 1998 Falcons went 16-3, the next season they went 5-11. And the same thing happened to the 2016 Panthers.

The 1998 Falcons were stocked with aged veterans pretty much playing their last days. The roster turnover in '99 was stark, replacing guys who retired or went on to other teams. Add injuries to the starting QB, season ending injury to the back who rushed for 1,600 yds the year before and it alllll went North fast. And as I warned my Panthers buddies last year after observing they roster, told them 2016 was gonna be rough with rookies starting on defense and older players getting dinged like Keuchly did. People don't realize how much talent Gettleman and Rivera placed around Cam Newton. Several things, same thang with the '99 Falcons, like losing key O-linemen, players lost on defense.

The Falcons have 27 free agents,...http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/free-agen...lanta-falcons/

All but 8 are unrestricted free agents open to the market. Well, it's obvious these 2017 Falcons aren't like the '99 Falcons and the '017 Panthers. Sooooo many young guys on defense under 25 yrs old, two young O-tackles, 3 young running backs, a young fullback(if re-signed), a solid core of vets under contract. Avoiding sounding like a homey and more the realist, it appears the Falcons will be a tough opponent to face again this year. Oh yeah,...then Falcons GM Dimitroff said,...

“Every year, we’ve been pretty aggressive in free agency, and we think this year our focus is going to be on signing a number of players on our team who are up,” Dimitroff said. “That’s going to be the main focus.”

So there it is. Makes sense drafting at 31 then 63rd this April. Actually those draft picks will be a great opportunity to stock the roster even deeper. But no doubt most of the $29 mil cap room will be used to re-sign key contributors whom contributed greatly to a Conference Championship.