Volin mentions that Falcons HC Dan Quinn was actually Easley’s position coach while they were both at Florida.
Atlanta could use some interior pass-rushing help, which is an area that Easley has actual shown promise in since entering the NFL.
Doug Kyed pointed out earlier that the Cowboys, Bears, Seahawks and 49ers all had interest in Easley back in 2014 before he was taken by the Patriots towards the end of round one.
Reports have said that the Patriots’ decision to release Easley involved some off-the-field concerns. However, assuming that these issues are nothing major, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him claimed off of waivers tomorrow.
Easley, 23, was taken with the No. 29 overall pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. He is in the third of his four-year, $7.303 million rookie contract that included $5.887 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $1.084 million for the 2016 season and another $1 million in 2017.
Easley’s career has largely been marred by injury, as he appeared in just 22 games over the course of his two years in the NFL with both seasons ending with him on injured reserve. In college, Easley tore both of his ACLs while playing for Florida, so there were obvious concerns about injuries hampering his NFL career.
In 2015, Easley appeared in 11 games for the Patriots and recorded 15 tackles and two sacks. Pro Football Focus gave him a solid rating overall last year, despite playing 275 snaps for the Patriots.