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LOWERY BRANCH, just not about re-signing with the team., Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has talked to seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney

 the 37-year-old Freeney said he was in talks with the Falcons regarding a return. He said the line communication was open and the Falcons were "very interested" in bringing him back.,During a recent interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio

 but he put more context behind the story. Quinn confirmed the team encouraged first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley,Quinn didn’t rule out re-signing the veteran, the defensive end from UCLA,<strong>Greg Olsen Jersey</strong>, which already occurred. But Quinn did not talk to Freeney about a role on roster.,<strong>Thomas Davis Sr Jersey</strong>, to reach out to Freeney for advice

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 a group led by 2016 NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr. The Falcons drafted McKinley to rush off the opposite edge of Beasley. McKinley currently is rehabbing from shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready by the start of the season.,Quinn obviously wants to see what he has in his current pass-rush group first

The Falcons also get Adrian Clayborn back from biceps surgery to rush off the edge, plus another player in Brooks Reed capable of lining up outside. Then the Falcons have some versatile defensive linemen capable of moving around in Grady Jarrett, newcomer Jack Crawford, a guy Quinn believes has untapped potential as an interior rusher., Derrick Shelby, and Courtney Upshaw -- not to mention the addition of two-time Pro Bowler Dontari Poe

At this juncture,<strong>Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey</strong>, which could be reason to keep Freeney’s number handy.,<strong>Authentic Thomas Davis Sr Jersey</strong>,<strong>Authentic Walter Payton Jersey</strong>,<strong>Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey</strong>, Freeney appears to be more of an emergency backup plan. McKinley’s status off the shoulder surgery remains somewhat unclear

Quinn said he is likely to have another conversation with Freeney soon.

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Quinn was asked if a final decision on Freeney could be made by the start of training camp in late July.

"I don't know, but it’s somehow becoming a story. So I’ll reach out to him and see where it’s at."," he said. "I’ll probably talk to him first and see where his mind's at. I don’t want to answer yet

Freeney signed a one-year, starting the Super Bowl and the NFC Championship Game. He was hampered by a quadriceps tear suffered in a Week 7 loss to San Diego., $2 million contract with the Falcons last August and was instrumental in mentoring Beasley. He played in 15 regular-season games and finished with three sacks in 399 defensive snaps played. Freeney played in all three postseason games.