Falcons among Stroud suitors

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons are interested in Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud. Stroud was given permission by the Jaguars earlier this week to seek a trade, but is not a free agent. Marvez reports that Stroud will be visiting the Buffalo Bills.

Stroud, a first round pick for the Jaguars in 2001, has three more years left on his contract with base salaries totalling $16.5 million. But due to injuries (he missed seven games this past year), a steroids-related suspension in 2006, and a decline in play the past few years the Jaguars are looking to move him. If he joins Atlanta, it would be a reunion between him and former Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who is now the head coach of the Falcons.

Stroud made three consecutive Pro Bowl nods between 2003 and 2005. For his career, he has started 84 of 100 career games and recorded 22 career sacks. He had career highs of 6.5 sacks in 2002 and 65 tackles in 2003. In 2007, he started 9 games, recorded 22 tackles and 3 sacks.

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