Several sources, including the AJC, indicate that the Falcons are in the midst of negotiations with free agent defensive tackle Ian Scott, of the Chicago Bears.
Scott, a run stuffer, has been key to the success of Bears Pro Bowl linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs the past few seasons, since he is able to keep blockers off them. He entered the starting lineup in 2004, which was his best season in which he recorded 44 tackles and 2 sacks. He only started 8 games last year, partially due to the emergence Tank Johnson. He finished the year with 22 tackles.
Scott would play the nose tackle positon, a move that could potentially push starter Grady Jackson off the roster. ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli writes that the Falcons brass may be weary about potential looming weight and contract issues with Jackson, and the Denver Post even mentions him as a potential cap casualty later in the spring or summer.
Scott visited the Minnesota Vikings last week, and the Bears are still reportedly interested in retaining Scott due to Johnson’s four-month jail sentence.