You'd have to think the team will explore both FA and the draft to get the DT help. They could do worse than by adding back a healthy Jones and Branch, but there are others (Melton, Starks, Osi, Avril) who offer a potentially improved but potentially expensive and perhaps with some a more short term solution. At this stage I'm sure Our FO have already explored the film of who might be available.
How bad is the knee injury of Quanterus Smith, will he need a medical redshirt year? What about several of the others like Jordan, Hunt, Ansah, Okafor, etc., etc.? Sadly rookie DEs usually have a period of adjustment to understand their jobs and learn the moves needed to counter talented OTs, does the team want to wait for that to happen? As well, each of the available DTs Richardson, Floyd, Short, Sylvester Williams, has issues that need some work but our new DC is pretty talented at coaching up the DLine.
Let's see what happens with FA, I'm sure this place will be a popular location for many FAs, the draft will be the future.
Until we develop a pass rush that will cause opposing teams to be forced to scheme to defend it we will never be able to completely take the final step. That was done and the final step was taken.
Super Bowl XLVIII Champions at last after 38 seasons.
What a special magical year!