The Falcons are starting to look into veteran safeties, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Strong safety William Moore suffered what is thought to be a significant shoulder injury during Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Vikings, so it makes sense that Atlanta would look into depth at the position. As McClure wrote earlier today, some Falcons players are bracing for the worst news on Moore.
“William is a big part of our defense and he sets the tone for us back there,” rookie safety Dez Southward said. “I don’t know anything about his situation. I hope that he comes back. But he is the heart and soul of this defense. Guys love him and listen to him. So, I’m wishing the best for him. But at the same time, I know that if he’s not able to play, others, including myself, have to be ready to go.”
If and when Atlanta surveys the open market for safety options, they could dial Champ Bailey‘s representatives. The veteran cornerback, who was cut by the Saints on August 30th, recently made it known that he would be willing to play safety (or nickel) in order to land an NFL job. The once dominant Bailey no longer possesses the necessary speed to play cornerback at a high level but he might be able to make an impact at the safety position.