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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Roddy White wants Freeney in Atlanta

By Pat Yasinskas

A lot of people think Julio Jones has passed (or is in the process of passing) Roddy White as the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 receiver.

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Maybe so, but White’s still the go-to guy, at least in my eyes. That’s because White can be counted on in the clutch, at least from a media point of view.

It’s a slow news day because most of the NFL world is in transit to the scouting combine. But White stepped up to fill the void.

On his verified Twitter account, White tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he’d like to see defensive end Dwight Freeney in a Falcons’ uniform next season.

If coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff aren’t already considering Freeney, maybe they should listen to White.

After playing for the Indianapolis Colts since 2002, Freeney recently was released, making him an instant free agent. The Falcons could use a pass-rusher to complement John Abraham.

Freeney is 33, so he’s not a long-term solution. But the Falcons are in a position where they don’t have to always think about the long term. They’re a team that seems on the cusp of something really great, and adding Freeney for a season or two might get them to where they want to go.